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World Cup

  • June 15, 2014
  • • 6:00 PM
  • • Estadio Jornalista Mário Filho (Maracanã), Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
  • Referee: J. Aguilar
  • • Attendance: 74738

World Cup Preview: Argentina - Bosnia

The Barcelona striker wants to emulate Maradona's 1986 performances and starts his campaign against the World Cup debutantes at the Maracana on Sunday.

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has put Lionel Messi’s habit of throwing up on the pitch down to anxiety – and the Barcelona forward starts the tournament knowing he is under pressure to replicate Diego Maradona’s achievements in 1986 and cement his place in place in football history.

It will take more than Messi’s magic, though, if Argentina is going to finish its World Cup campaign where it start – at the iconic Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. The team has tended to play on the counterattack under Sabella, but the Group F favorite will be forced to take the initiative against Bosnia.

Ezequiel Lavezzi offers vibrancy from the bench and the rest of the team is fairly settled, with Javier Mascherano anchoring the midfield and Real Madrid star Angel Di Maria initiating attacks from a deeper position.

Bosnia’s instinct is also to attack under Safet Susic, who is expected to move away from the two man strike force used in the team's impressive qualifying campaign and play a 4-2-3-1 system, with star man Edin Dzeko leading the line as the sole striker.

The Manchester City forward will be expected to link Bosnia’s play and get the team in positions to display its attacking quality, with the Zvjezdan Misimovic and Miralem Pjanic providing the creativity in central areas.

In the country's first World Cup appearance, the concern for Susic will be about his team’s defense, especially if it falls behind early given the questions over its notoriously unpredictable mentality, with much depending on captain Spahic at center back.

The only injury concern for Bosnia is Sejad Salihovic. If passed fit, the midfielder will slot in at left back, allowing Sead Kolasinac to move to center back.

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Argentina ARG
Argentina Argentina
Bosnia-Herzegovina BIH
Bosnia-Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina

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Argentina ARG
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Bosnia-Herzegovina BIH
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Bosnia-Herzegovina BIH