World Cup Day Four

Group E gets under way on Sunday before Argentina take on Bosnia-Herzegovina at 11pm

Carl O'Malley and Patrick Madden Sun, Jun 15
 
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  • 16:05
    Patrick Madden

    Good afternoon and welcome to day four of the World Cup.

    What a start it's been. Any fears of early tournament momentum slowing in the heat of the jungle last night were quickly dispelled.

    Colombia set the ball rolling yesterday with a comfortable 3-0 win over a toothless Greek side and they sit top of Group C. Of course, you all stayed up to watch the Ivory Coast beat Japan 2-1 early this morning, but in case you didn't make it to 2am the report is here.

    Costa Rica lead Group D after they stunned Uruguay with a Joel Campbell inspired 3-1 victory. In the big one, England promised sporadically but were left chasing shadows as Pirlo's Italy produced a masterclass in how to close a game out, winning 2-1.

    Today, it's Switzerland V Ecuador, France V Honduras and Argentina start their campaign against World Cup debutants Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    We've had 28 goals in seven games, plenty of controversy and liberal use of the magic spray.

    Here's to more of the same today.

  • 16:08
    Patrick Madden

    First up today is Group E and Switzerland against Ecuador in Brasilia. It's the first time the two sides have met – ever.

    Ottmar Hitzfeld's Switzerland side come into the tournament ranked sixth in the World and have lost just once in their last 18 internationals, stretching back to May 2012. With only eight of the squad born in Switzerland or to Swiss parents they're very much the World Cup's equivalent of the England cricket team.

    Switzerland qualified for the tournament comfortably, while Ecuador pipped Uruguay to the final qualifying place having gone unbeaten at home.

    Manchester United's Antonio Valencia was named captain of the side after the death of national icon Christian Benitez last year. Valencia has Benitez's face tattooed on his arm – and was recently sent off in a friendly against England for throttling Raheem Sterling.

    Team news to follow.

  • 16:09
    Patrick Madden And while we're waiting on the teams, I'll leave you this to get you in the mood...
  • 16:09
  • 16:23
  • 16:37
    Patrick Madden

    Team news:

    Switzerland: Benaglio; Lichtsteiner, Rodriguez, Von Bergen, Djourou; Inler, Behrami, Shaqiri, Xhaka, Stocker; Drmic.

    Ecuador:  Dominguez; Paredes, Ayovi, Guagua, Erazo; A.Valencia, Noboa, Gruezo, Montero; E.Valencia, Caicedo.

    Referee:  Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan).

  • 16:51
    Patrick Madden

    Ecuador manager Reinaldo Reuda came up against the Swiss in the group stage at the last World Cup as coach of Honduras, where his side got a point.  

     

  • 16:53
    Patrick Madden The teams are in the tunnel at the very smart looking Estadio Nacional.
  • 16:59
    PM

    Former Arsenal man Johan Djourou is starting at centre-half for the Swiss, while Philippe Senderos is on the bench.

    We're a substitution away from something magical happening, something which could eclipse the Lugano show last night. Please, let it happen.

  • 17:00
    PM And we're away in Group E...
  • 17:01
    PM Corner for Ecuador after 30 seconds but Antonio Valencia's delivery is easily cleared.
  • 17:05
    PM Ecuador have started very brightly here. They win another corner which is taken short, and Montero tries to dart around Lichtsteiner on the by-line but is forced out by the Juve man.
  • 17:11
    PM 10 minutes in and not much of note has happened yet.
  • 17:12
    PM A mexican wave in the 11th minute doesn't bode well...
  • 17:13
    PM Xhaka has a pop from way out and Dominguez watches it drift well past.
  • 17:17
    PM Great feet by Xherdan Shaqiri, who scored six in only 10 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern Munich last season, on the edge of the area, but his shot is straight at Dominguez.
  • 17:19
    PM This has been rubbish so far, but I said the same about Costa Rica and Uruguay last night and we all know what happened there...
  • 17:21
    PM GOOAAAALLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!
  • 17:22
    PM SWITZERLAND 0 ECUADOR 1
  • 17:23
    PM

    Lichtsteiner gives away a free kick close to the left touchline and ref Irmatov has got the spray out.

    It's a brilliant whipped delivery from Ayovi and Enner Valencia nods in unmarked.

  • 17:24
    PM That's woken things up. Montero goes on a surging run but Djourou has just enough to force him off the ball.
  • 17:26
    PM According to ITV Switzerland didn't concede a single goal from a corner throughout qualifying. They were all over the shop there.
  • 17:28
  • 17:28
    PM Just 19 more, lads...
  • 17:31
    PM Great harrying from Stocker wins a corner on the far side but it evades everyone and is out for a throw.
  • 17:31
  • 17:34
    PM Great combination play between Drmic and Lichtsteiner forces another corner, and Dominguez just about smothers Behrami's header from Shaqiris's in-swinger.  
  • 17:37
    PM Close from Inler, Dominguez gets his fingers to a flashing left-footed effort, sending it for a corner. It's taken short, and Shaqiri's dipping cross-come-shot is well taken by the Ecuador 'keeper. Much better from the Swiss.
  • 17:44
    PM Ecuador suddenly spring to life, and Montero makes two dangerous runs but Djourou is equal to both.
  • 17:46
    PM The fourth official has got the fancy stoppage time board out, there'll be one extra minute.
  • 17:47
    PM HALF TIME: SWITZERLAND 0 ECUADOR 1
  • 17:48
    PM The dullest half of the tournament so far comes to an end. Apart from the goal Ecuador have rarely threatened, while Switzerland have seen plenty of the ball but done little with it. See you in 15.  
  • 17:56
  • 18:02
    PM Switzerland get us back underway, they're trailing 1-0.
  • 18:03
    PM Half time change for the Swiss, Admir Mehmedi on for Valentin Stocker.
  • 18:03
    PM Corner for Switzerland as Lichtsteiner's low effort is deflected wide.
  • 18:04
    PM GOOOAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 18:04
    PM SWITZERLAND 1 ECUADOR 1
  • 18:05
    PM Mehmedi has just come on and he's on the scoresheet. He nods in Rodriguez's corner with Dominguez nowhere to be seen. Game on.
  • 18:09
    PM

    Free kick for Ecuador in a very similar position to the one which led to the opening goal.

    This time, Ayovi places the ball inside the spray mark. It's sent deep, and is nodded back across goal where Erazo heads it over the top.

  • 18:09
    PM Yellow card. Paredes brings down a surging Mehmedi, cynical.
  • 18:11
    PM The game is getting a bit stretched now, which is what we all want to see.
  • 18:15
    PM Great play from Shaqiri to get to the by-line and get the ball across but Mehmedi's shot is blocked by Paredes.
  • 18:16
    PM CLOSE! Enner Valencia gets the ball on the edge of the box and opens it up for himself but his fizzing effort is just too high and wide.
  • 18:21
    PM Neither side threatening to take the lead here.
  • 18:23
    PM A great run from Montero, giving Lichtsteiner twisted blood and then forcing a smart stop from Benaglio. Stil 1-1.
  • 18:27
    PM GOALLLLLL NO! Drmic has got the ball in the net but it's disallowed for offside. Rightly or wrongly I don't know because they won't show a replay.
  • 18:27
    PM Ecuador have made a sub, Michael Arroyo on for Felipe Caicedo.
  • 18:30
    PM Side netting from Shaqiri. Switzerland bomb forward at pace and Mehmadi plays in the Bayern man but he's always heading wide and can't get his foot around the ball.
  • 18:32
    PM Josip Drmic is coming off for Haris Seferovic.
  • 18:33
    PM And now Jefferson Montero is off for Joao Rojas. Montero looked like Ecuador's likliest outlet.
  • 18:34
  • 18:36
    PM Djourou has been good today. Nice to see my pre-match mickey-taking hasn't affected him.
  • 18:36
    PM It's 1-1 heading into the last ten.
  • 18:39
    PM

    Free kick in a very dangerous position for Switzerland. The spray is out and four players are over the ball.  


    It's a routine, and it doesn't work, Shaqiri hitting the wall after half of Zurich have a touch. Waste.

  • 18:41
    PM

    What was I saying about Djourou?...


    He's booked for tugging back Enner Valencia who had turned smartly and was likely to get on the end of  Ayovi's through-ball.

  • 18:42
  • 18:43
    PM

    It's great seeing the horrendous collection of yellow and orange boots getting covered in wall spray.

    Arroyo's free-kick hits the wall and bounces just in front of Benaglio, who makes a sharp save.

  • 18:47
    PM

    There's going to be three minutes added time.

    It's still 1-1, looks like we're heading for the first draw of the tournament.

  • 18:49
    PM GOAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!
  • 18:49
    PM WOW WOW WOW
  • 18:50
    PM SWITZERLAND 2 ECUADOR 1
  • 18:51
    PM Behrami makes a fantastic tackle in his own box to stop Arroyo. Switzerland storm up the other end and Seferovic, without a goal for Real Sociedad since November, turns it into the roof of the net.
  • 18:51
    PM FULL TIME: SWITZERLAND 2 ECUADOR 1
  • 18:55
    PM

    What a finish! That Switzerland goal was the last kick of the game, and came seconds after Ecuador should have scored themselves.

    A great start for the Swiss.  

    Coming up we have France and Honduras, as Benzema's boys take on Carlo Costly and co.

    Team news on its way.

  • 19:09
    PM The teams are in...
  • 19:09
  • 19:09
  • 19:11
    PM In charge of the whistle/spray for this one is Sandro Ricci (Brazil).
  • 19:35
    PM

    Both of these sides finished bottom of their groups in the 2010 World Cup, managing a single goal between them.

    France were in total disarray, after a player revolt led by Patrice Evra, but seem in much ruder health this time round. They qualified through the play-offs after turning round a 2-0 deficit in the second leg against Ukraine. Arsenal's Olivier Giroud started France's final warm-up game, an 8-0 rout of Jamaica, but is on the bench today.

    Honduras beat Mexico to automatic qualification for the tournament and are looking for their first win at the seventh attempt. The brilliantly named Carlo Costly starts.

    I'd go as far as saying Costly has the best name at the World Cup - let us know if you've got a better one up your sleeve.



  • 19:35
  • 19:39
    PM I hope somebody changes the channel in the office soon because at the moment I'm watching Fatima Whitbread take on the cube.
  • 19:43
    PM You can read a report of Switzerland's last minute victory here.
  • 19:49
    PM Honduras one of the few sides in the tournament who deploy the good old 4-4-2. Somewhere, Mike Bassett wipes away a tear of pride.
  • 19:52
    PM The teams are in the tunnel in Porto Alegre.
  • 19:57
    PM

    France win the kits, a lovely dark blue effort with a white collar.

    Although with Pogba starting they lose the haircuts.

  • 20:00
    PM Honduras get the second Group E tie started at the Estadio Beira-Rio.
  • 20:05
    PM Not much in it so far, France are yet to settle into a rhythm.
  • 20:07
    PM Valbuena crosses from the right and it's an awkward clearance from keeper Valladares. The ball breaks and Evra is done for pace by Najar, bringing him down and injuring himself in the process.
  • 20:09
    PM Evra was booked for that challenge.
  • 20:10
    PM

    Free kick in a dangerous position for France on the right, well within spray territory.

    Valbuena pulls it back to the edge to Benzema whose not-at-all-speculative header drifts wide from 20 yards.

  • 20:11
    PM

    Another free kick for France in a similar position after Figueroa's handball.

    Valbuena whips it in this time and Valladares punches well.

  • 20:13
    PM Cries of OLE! OLE! from the Honduran fans, but the first pass to cross the halfway line goes out for a throw.
  • 20:15
    PM

    Another free kick in the same position for France and Valbuena after Izaguirre's challenge.

    CROSSBAR! It's headed out and Matuidi's effort is tipped onto the bar by Valladares, good save.

  • 20:19
    PM

    Wilson Palacios is down for Honduras.

    For him, the transition between playing for Stoke and his international side must be seamless. Lots of hoofing and kicking people.

  • 20:22
    PM Valbuena is electric. He makes a great darting run but Benzema can't return his pass.
  • 20:23
    PM CROSSBAR! Evra puts in a fantastic cross from the left and Griezmann, making his competitive debut, heads onto the bar.
  • 20:26
    PM Close again for France! A sweeping move finds Valbuena, and his cut back is headed over by Benzema.
  • 20:28
    PM Handbags! Palacios is all over Pogba, niggling, kicking and stamping. But on the floor Pogba kicks out. Both men are booked and miraculously Palacios is off the stretcher as soon as he sees the card's only yellow.
  • 20:29
    PM The ref's done well there, could have easily sent Pogba off but it would have been unfair.
  • 20:34
    PM Honduras are breaking it up well but every time they do the ball comes straight back.
  • 20:34
    France's Paul Pogba (top) and Wilson Palacios of Honduras fight for the ball at the Beira-Rio stadium in Porto Alegre. Photograph: Edgard Garrido / Reuters  
    France's Paul Pogba (top) and Wilson Palacios of Honduras fight for the ball at the Beira-Rio stadium in Porto Alegre. Photograph: Edgard Garrido / Reuters  
  • 20:36
    PM Good play from Griezmann finds Matuidi at the by-line, his cut-back is out for a corner which Palacios heads away.
  • 20:42
    PM

    Five minutes left in the first half, still no way through for France.

    Benzema controls a floated ball at the back post but his cross is turned out for a corner.

    Worry for Honduras as Bernardez receives treatment but he's back on his feet.

  • 20:42
    PM PENALTY TO FRANCE!
  • 20:42
    PM RED CARD!!!
  • 20:43
    PM

    Cabaye floats a ball in to Pogba and Wilson Palacios steams into the back of him.

    It's a second yellow for Palacios and he's off.

    Benzema to take the penno.

  • 20:44
    PM

    GOOAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!!!!



  • 20:44
    PM FRANCE 1 HONDURAS 0
  • 20:45
    PM Great penalty from Benzema, sending Valladares the wrong way. That's seven in seven for the Real Madrid man and his 22nd for France.
  • 20:46
    PM There'll be three minutes of added time.
  • 20:46
    PM Honduras barely had a kick with 11 men so their task looks ominous now.
  • 20:48
  • 20:49
    PM Valbuena to take a free kick on the far side this time. He whips it in and Valladares punches well.
  • 20:49
    PM HALF TIME: FRANCE 1 HONDURAS 0
  • 20:51
    PM

    Honduras' plan to kick lumps off the French has proved to be their downfall.

    France were always likely to score, but until Palacios' second moment of madness the Honduran defence had been resolute.

    See you in 15.

  • 20:55
  • 21:02
  • 21:05
    PM

    France start the second half in Porto Alegre.

    Tom Hennigan will join Carl O'Malley on the liveblog from the Maracana in Rio later this evening for Argentina's first outing of the tournament against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  • 21:06
    PM Two changes for Honduras, Boniek Garcia and Osman Chavez have replaced Bengtson and Bernardez.
  • 21:06
    PM

    GOOOAAALLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!



  • 21:06
    PM FRANCE 2 HONDURAS 0
  • 21:10
    PM

    And that's why we've got the goalline technology. Benzema's side footed volley flashes back across the keeper and into the post. It then rebounds and hits Valladares, who can't claw it back in time.

    But there's complete chaos, as the replay says the ball isn't over the line when it hits the post (obviously), but then correctly shows it to cross the line afterwards.

    The BBC's Jonathan Pearce is incredulous, saying the ref can't award it if there's any doubt, unaware the referee was given two signals.

  • 21:11
    PM

    Martin Keown offers a calming voice, "We got there in the end".

    We certainly did, Martin, but I'm sweating buckets after typing all that.

  • 21:13
    PM That's gone down as a Valladares OG.
  • 21:14
    PM Close again for France, Benzema's effort from the penalty spot forces a sharp save from Valladares, who's in the thick of it at the moment. He's going to have a busy 35 minutes.
  • 21:15
    PM

    In the madness of the last five minutes I missed an Oscar Garcia booking.

    Pogba off for France, replaces by Moussa Sissoko.

  • 21:17
    PM

    France could get a cricket score, here.

    Final change for Honduras, Najar off for Claros - a defensive midfielder.  

  • 21:19
    kalani bbc commentator - "he's done well, Valladares" ........except for the OG i suppose
  • 21:20
    PM Whereas I'm trying to work out if Lloris has had a touch this half...
  • 21:21
    PM And just as I say that he comes to collect a cross.
  • 21:24
    PM CLOSE! Thought that was in. Great football from France and Matuidi meets Evra's low cross but can't turn but inside the near post.
  • 21:24
    PM Mavuba replaces Cabaye for France.
  • 21:25
  • 21:28
    PM Lloris forced into a save. Sakho gives the ball away and Garcia pounces, but he's always going wide and his left-footed effort is tame.
  • 21:29
    PM I don't think Carlo Costly has been mentioned once by the commentators.
  • 21:31
    PM

    Figueroa absolutely snots the impish Valbuena, who's back on his feet to take a free kick in a dangerous position.  

     

  • 21:31
    PM GOOAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!
  • 21:31
    PM FRANCE 3 HONDURAS 0
  • 21:32
    PM That man Benzema again. Valbuena pulls the free kick back to Debuchy deep, who laces a low effort into the box. It ricochets and finds its way to Benzema who finishes into the roof from a tight angle.
  • 21:34
    PM

    Apparently France need one more goal to reach a World Cup century.

    But I just heard that off Jonathan Pearce so don't take it as gospel.

  • 21:36
    PM

    COSTLY KLAXON!!!

    That man finally gets a mention, it's been a long time coming.

  • 21:36
    PM Giroud on for the excellent Valbuena.
  • 21:39
    PM Into the last ten at the Estadio Beira-Rio.
  • 21:42
    PM

    Still some nasty challenges going in from the Hondurans.

    Garrido is booked for a horrible, knee high assault on Matuidi. Could have been worse.

  • 21:44
  • 21:44
  • 21:46
    PM Let's forget about these mean Hondurans for a moment, this is absolutely brilliant...
  • 21:46
  • 21:47
    PM France are just pinging it around at will now, too easy.
  • 21:49
    Emma That dive could have been......Costly
  • 21:49
    PM Three minutes added on.
  • 21:51
    PM I wonder what sunday league's like in Honduras.
  • 21:52
    PM FULL TIME: FRANCE 3 HONDURAS 0
  • 21:52
  • 21:54
    PM

    Easy for France against hapless Honduras.

    Palacios' red card was, ultimately, costly.

    Carl O'Malley and Tom Hennigan will be taking you through the Argentina game.

    Thanks for joining me today, it's been another cracker so far.

  • 21:59
    Mick Wallace France unlikely to be tested till Quarter final against most likely Germany....
  • 22:07
    Colin Jonathan Pearce clearly a technophobe, his reaction was frustratingly ridiculous The goal line technology did it's job in the best possible way: illustrated in one goal scoring opportunity, how it can make the right decision easy for a ref.
  • 22:08
    COM If you think Pearce was bad, wait til you see this series of tweets.
  • 22:08
  • 22:08
  • 22:08
  • 22:12
  • 22:51
    COM

    Okay, folks, sorry about  the dead air but the France match report is now live.  

    Our focus is now back on the final game of the day, we're 10 minutes from kick off now.  

    Hopefully if he has time, Tom Hennigan, who will be keeping a close eye on Messi for us tonight, will join us and give us a taste of the atmosphere at the Maracana this evening.

  • 22:56
    COM

    Ossie Ardiles, the charming Argentine World Cup winner making his RTÉ debut today, said just a few minutes ago that, for him, Messi is better than Maradona, a former team-mate of his.  

     

  • 22:58
    COM A huge Argentine crowd greets their anthem at the home of Brazilian football. The Bosnian contingent incomparable in size but they still receive a warm ovation on the first occasion their anthem has been heard on this stage.
  • 23:00
    COM A giant Sensible Soccer view over the Maracana really sets the scene before kick off.
  • 23:00
    COM We're underway
  • 23:02
    COM Messi runs at the Bosnian defence but his ball looking for the feet of Aguero is slightly off target, as his team-mate tries to run the channel.
  • 23:03
    COM GOAL ARGENTINA!!!!
  • 23:04
    COM Argentina 1-0 Bosnia-Herzegovina: In the third minute Argentina take the lead after Saed Kolasinac finds his own net at the back post.
  • 23:06
    COM Kolasinac has only just arrived on the Bosnian scene, having played underage football for Germany. Not an ideal start for him
  • 23:06
  • 23:08
    COM Word from the Maracana where Tom Hennigan has wifi issues and is having trouble logging on. He sends his best wishes though, says it's deadly.  
  • 23:09
    COM

    8 minutes gone

    Bosnia have responded reasonably well forcing a hurried punch from Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero.

  • 23:09
  • 23:12
    COM 11 minutes: Messi picking up the ball very deep and running straight at Bosnia but they're crowding him out very well.
  • 23:12
    COM Zabaleta in beqhind Lulic but the Bosnian recovers well. Goalkick.
  • 23:14
    COM Izet Hajrovic denied by Romero after lovely ball over the top and a great touch by the Bosnian. Romero comes and punches.  
  • 23:15
    COM Slightly rattled Argentinians concede a free and it's Pjanic to hit, but he strikes the wall
  • 23:17
    COM 15 minutes:  Messi dispossessed for about the fourth time while scampering through the middle. Bosnia break with Pjanic but Bosnia cant find Dzeko in the box.
  • 23:18
    COM Messi latches on to Maxi's ball in behind the defence, finally he's in the box, but he's robbed again. He then picks it up on the edge of the box but misplaces a pass to Di Maria.  
  • 23:21
    COM Crunching tackle on Zabaleta from Kolasinac.  
  • 23:21
  • 23:22
    COM Messi gets possession in the Bosnian box again. He tries to throw a dummy, it fools one man but not the other two haring in to rob him of possession, which they do, again.
  • 23:22
    COM 22 minutes gone
  • 23:24
    COM What is evident from the first 20 odd minutes is that Bosnia will roll over for nobody. Nigeria and Iran better be up for this.  
  • 23:25
    COM Lulic's shot blocked by Fernandes on the edge of the box after Dzeko nods one down to his team-mate.
  • 23:26
    COM Rojo carded for a clumsy challenge on Mujdza
  • 23:27
    COM Scramble in the Argentine box until Fernandez clears. Bosnia come again, but Dzeko can't reach a cross from the right from Misimovic.
  • 23:29
    COM Jim Beglin making the point that Bosnia are moving the ball a lot better than Argentina. On the Beeb, Lawrenson saying much the same. Seems like the Argentine plan is to get Messi on the ball deep in the opposition half and hope he turns, beats six men and scores.

    Which, I suppose, at some stage he might do
  • 23:30
    COM Lulic caught offside for Bosnia. He was but that wasn't far off.
  • 23:31
    COM 30 minutes:  Maxi shoots over the bar after an uncharacteristically panicky clearance from Begovic.  
  • 23:34
    COM Dzeko shoots over after ignoring Lulic out wide and letting one fly on the turn from the edge of the box. Probably should have put his team mate in.
  • 23:39
    COM Aguero and Bičakčić clash  noggins, get treatment, head to the sideline and then share a little fistbump.  
  • 23:40
    COM Approaching 40 minutes now, Argentina have been really poor. Bosnia impressive, but still behind.
  • 23:41
    COM The lively Hajrovic wins a corner and Lulic glances a header goalwards, Romer saves well down by his left hand post.
  • 23:41
    COM Romero then gathers Hajrovic's long range effort. Well struck but he was miles out.
  • 23:44
    COM Rojo volleys a cross towards Aguero after a nice long ball behind the full-back from Mascherano but Begovic gathers.
  • 23:45
    COM Argentina still really sloppy. Trailing or not, Bosnia will head in at halftime fairly confident they can get something from this game.
  • 23:46
    COM Messi finally gets some joy as he runs at the Bosnian defence but his pass inside to Aguero is cut out again. Calm defending from Bosnia, who really are disciplined in answering the Messi question.
  • 23:48
    COM Half Time: Really poor from Argentina, but they lead. Bosnia will be encouraged nonetheless.
  • 23:53
    COM Ossie Ardiles is not impressed, neither is Kenny Cunningham, or pretty much anyone commenting on that first half.
  • 23:55
    COM Of course, with Ossie, it's a bit like listening to Trapattoni, you have to repeat it to yourself first and by the time you do that you've missed what he said next.  
  • 00:03
  • 00:04
    COM We're back on here and Bosnia win a corner almost immediately.
  • 00:05
    COM Pjanic goes to the edge of the box to Misimovic, his control is good but his shot is blocked.
  • 00:07
    COM Far more purpose about Argentina now but Fernandez concedes a free in a dangerous area by fouling Dzeko
  • 00:07
    COM Pretty central for Hajrovic, who strikes it well but Romero shuffles across well to gather it into his gut.
  • 00:13
    COM 53 minutes:  Well, Argentina's purpose has been halted somewhat by Bosnia. Hajrovic tests Romero again. Still, very little cohesion from the front men.

    Until, that is, Gago probes, feeds Messi, and Aguero's shot high and wide.
  • 00:13
    COM Di Maria's cross turned away.
  • 00:16
    COM Aguero and Higuain get a little mixed up between them and the former runs it out of play. Argentine fans look bemused until they see themselves on the big screen and then they turn into goofy idiots like the rest of the world.
  • 00:16
    COM Hajrovic's cross headed away well under pressure by Fernandez.  
  • 00:18
    COM Lovely build up by Argentina but it falls apart when Messi misplaces another pass. He gets it back after a poor Bosnian ball and feeds Aguero but his shot is saved by Begovic fairly easily.
  • 00:19
    COM 60 minutes gone
  • 00:20
    COM Aguero fouled about 30 yards out by the captain Spahic. Di Maria eyeing this one up.
  • 00:21
    COM Messi over it now too
  • 00:22
    COM With the wall sent back nearly 15 yards, it seems, Messi strike well over the bar.
  • 00:22
    COM "Messy with a Y," says Beglin, who has clearly been sitting on that one all day.
  • 00:22
    COM

    GOAL Argentina

    GOAL Messi

  • 00:24
    COM Well, you can't keep a good man down. Messi feeds a little ball into the feet of Aguero and gets it back as he scampers goalwards, across the edge of the box and fires a shot low and into the bottom corner. Beautiful play.
  • 00:25
    COM Aguero goes close after Di Maria's dink to the back post. The Argentine fans in full voice now.
  • 00:27
    COM

    Dzeko carries well and forces a corner for Bosnia.

    Ibisevic on for Mujda, a striker for a defender.  

    Hajrovic blazes one over from the edge of the box.  

  • 00:28
    COM Messi's goal looked all the better for Besic being taken out by team-mate Bikakcic's desperate challenge before the Argentine rifled in off the inside of the post.
  • 00:28
  • 00:32
    COM Misimovic replaced by Medunjanin.
  • 00:32
    COM 15 minutes left in Rio
  • 00:33
  • 00:34
    COM Amazing control from Aguero sees him kill a long and run at the defence, but his shot is comfortably wide.
  • 00:35
    COM Messi ignores Zabalet's overlap and cuts inside to clip one on to Higuain's head but the ball is just too high for the striker.
  • 00:36
    COM Bosnia have looked a beaten docket since that goal went in.
  • 00:40
    COM After some good pressure from Bosnia, Argentina break with alarming pace and Messi feeds Aguero, who sends it back but Spahic takes it off the great man's toe with a well-timed sliding tackle.
  • 00:42
    COM Di Maria does the hard work with a blistering break across field but fails to pick out Messi  
  • 00:42
    COM GOAL BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
  • 00:43
    COM Ibsisevic latches on to a ball in behind the Argentine defence and clips it between Romero's legs. Some hope all of a sudden.
  • 00:44
    COM Bosnia now have some va-va-voom going forward again, but Medunjanin's wasterful shot is not what was needed there, when he was one of six men forward.
  • 00:45
    COM Biglia on for Aguero to shore things up.
  • 00:45
    COM Just under three minutes left now.
  • 00:48
    COM

    Bosnia break with Pjanic but Dzeko stumbles over the ball and Argentina take their turn. Messi stopped though at the back post.

    3 minutes added

  • 00:51
    COM Bosnia attack breaks down and Messi hits hte sdidenetting after Di Maria's break. Bosnia come back at them but Bikackic wastes a chance to cross by skewing it behind for a goal kick.
  • 00:52
    COM That's it. Full Time. We're still waiting on a draw. Argentina 2 Bosnia-Herzegovina 1.