Fiji Time: 11:19 PM on Wednesday 26 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Messi brilliance gives Argentina victory in opening game

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO - Lionel Messi scored a brilliant individual goal to bring Argentina out of their slumber to beat Bosnia 2-1 in the Balkan nation's first appearance at the World Cup finals.

After giving away the fastest own goal in World Cup history - two minutes and eight seconds — the Bosnians frustrated Messi and his superstar teammates for much of yesterday's Group F clash in a Maracana stadium packed with Argentine fans.

Messi struck in the 64th minute, dancing around Bosnian players on the edge of the penalty area before firing past goalkeeper Asmir Begovic without even looking up to see where the goal was.

With just two minutes on the clock Messi also took a free kick on the left that Marcos Rojo headed on to the legs of Sead Kolasinac. The ball would have gone wide but the rebound flew past Begovic into the goal.

Bosnia recovered however, contained Messi and the rest of the Argentine strike force who appeared increasingly frustrated until the Barcelona superstar's second half goal.

Even after going two goals down, Bosnia did not give up.

After 84 minutes, substitute Vedad Ibisevic picked up the ball in the Argentinian penalty area. The ball hit goalkeeper Sergio Romero's legs and trickled into the goal setting up a finale that gave both teams plenty of nervous moments. Messi fired one shot into the side netting with an almost open goal.

Argentina next play Iran in Belo Horizonte on Saturday (Sunday AEST). Bosnia play Nigeria in Cuiaba the same day.

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65600.6370
JPY 51.887148.8871
GBP 0.40140.3934
EUR 0.45090.4389
NZD 0.69290.6599
AUD 0.64640.6214
USD 0.49330.4763



Exchange Rate updated on 26th October, 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. True to an early love
  2. Qiliho attends trial
  3. Prepare for the worst, says Kumar
  4. NFP calls for public holiday
  5. Ro Teimumu frets over leadership
  6. Fiji 7s coach
  7. 918 move out
  8. Villagers cry foul
  9. Winning 7s manual
  10. Cane payout topped up

Top Stories this Week

  1. 'I heard Soko screaming in pain' Friday (21 Oct)
  2. A daughter's sacrifice Thursday (20 Oct)
  3. 'I never knew Soko' Thursday (20 Oct)
  4. Death probe Sunday (23 Oct)
  5. True to an early love Wednesday (26 Oct)
  6. Qiliho attends trial Wednesday (26 Oct)
  7. Fiji pearls make history Monday (24 Oct)
  8. Benedito takes over Thursday (20 Oct)
  9. Love conquers all Sunday (23 Oct)
  10. Fijian 7s surprise Tuesday (25 Oct)