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  • November 19, 2013
  • • 01:30
  • • Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Referee: E. Jurisevic
  • • Attendance: 35000
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  • See you next time folks.
  • Good win for Argentina, whose class told in the end as a double from Manchester City's Sergio Aguero gave the Albiceleste a 2-0 win. Credit to Bosnia, who caused some danger in the first half, though faded as the game wore on.
  • 90' + 1'
    And that's it after a lone minute of stoppage time!
  • 89'
    Now the fans finally lose their patience, raining whistles down on the players as Argnetina hold an uninterrupted spell of possession
  • 87'
    Argentina now passing Bosnia into submission, but it's doing nothing to daunt these incredible fans in St Louis. They're having a right old time of it.
  • 86'
    SubstitutionÁngel Di María Augusto Fernández
  • 85'
    OOH, another chance for an Argentine third! Beautiful buildup from the South Americans, and Otamendi cuts the ball back well for Lamela, but he misreads the pass and it goes behind him as he sprints for the front post!
  • 83'
    It's just about petering out now. Argentina seem to have gotten the job done here.
  • 81'
    DKEZO! Sizzling snap shot on target, but right at Romero, who still can't hold that shot and pushes it away!
  • 79'
    LAMELA! Nearly an instant impact for the sub, but after being set up for a sitter at the top of the six yard area from Di Maria's cutback, he instead slices the ball wide!
  • 77'
    SubstitutionSergio Agüero Erik Lamela
  • 77'
    No hat trick for Aguero then, as he goes off to a chorus of whistles from the strong Bosnian contingent in the stands. On comes Erik Lamela, who, while promising, has failed to light it up in Argentina or Tottenham colours.
  • 75'
    AGUERO! How does the striker miss wrapping up his hat trick? Palacio does so well to escape down the left, and drills in a shot that is saved. The rebound bounces up to Aguero at the far post, but he blasts it over the bar!
  • 73'
    SubstitutionAvdija Vršajević Toni Šunjić
  • 73'
    OOOH, Visca nearly puts one on a plate for Dzeko inside the six yard area, but Romero positions himself well to make the save!
  • 72'
    SubstitutionMaxi Rodríguez Lucas Biglia
  • 71'
    Raft of substitutions for both sides, most pertinently the departure of Ibisevic from Bosnia's lineup. Perhaps a bridge too far for the European side to hope for a comeback at this point.
  • 69'
    SubstitutionVedad Ibisevic Zoran Kvržić
  • 69'
    SubstitutionZvjezdan Misimovic Izet Hajrovic
  • 68'
    MEDUNJANIN! Not far away, a 30-yard howitzer that whistles past Romero's left post, with the keeper at full stretch!
  • 66'
    AssistMaxi Rodríguez
  • 66'
    GoalSergio Agüero
    Maxi lifts in a great little clip over the top for Aguero, and El Kun rips in an unstoppable volley on the bounce from a hard angle! Magnificent, and 2-0!
  • 65'
    AGUERO!!!!!
  • 64'
    The game has failed to really pick up pace again after the delay, but Argentina still look in control, as Bosnia have not lived up to their promising start to the game.
  • 62'
    Aguero has apparently already been booked for that, but Spahic sees no retribution for the incident.
  • 60'
    HANG ON! Aguero, disgruntled at that physical defending from Spahic, reacts in the direction of the defender, who falls theatrically to the turf. The referee has a decision to make, but from my angle, it was pure play acting from Spahic.
  • 59'
    Yellow CardSergio Agüero
  • 59'
    Aguero gets behind the backline once more, and nearly snakes in a low cross, but he cannot connect well under pressure from Spahic. A tough but fair challenge from the defender
  • 57'
    Argentina spreading play more and more. The off the ball movement and speed of Aguero is a constant threat against a weary and wary defence.
  • 55'
    BEGOVIC! Maxi Rodriguez snaps in a tasty looking shot from the edge of the box, but the Stoke keeper tips it around the post!
  • 52'
    Tempo starting to pick up now, and it's Argentina doing the threatening. Bosnia better be careful, their defence has rode their luck at times
  • 50'
    Rodriguez plays it across the top of the 18 yard area, and Aguero puts in a snap shot once again! This time, the defence gets in the way to block the attempt.
  • 48'
    Bosnia need some great team D to stop a dangerous Argentina attack! The ball is sent in low from Palacio, and Aguero snaps it at goal, but Begovic makes the save! Spahic hacks it away just in time to deter the rebound.
  • 46'
    Here we go again.
  • We're at the break in St Louis, and it's 1-0 Argentina. Aguero grabbed the goal just before the interval after what has been a rip roaring game, with chances at both ends. Stay tuned for the restart in just a bit.
  • 45' + 1'
    Half time folks.
  • 44'
    Snap shot taken on the bounce by Aguero dos not trouble Begovic, who watches it bobble wide.
  • 42'
    DANGEROUS free kick from Bosnia, whipped into the heart of the area, but Romero rises well to punch away, just!
  • 40'
    GoalSergio Agüero
    A scintillating buildup from the Albiceleste, one touch football the length of the whole Bosnian half. Palacio is tackled in the box, but the ball is loose, and Aguero stabs it home!
  • 40'
    ARGENTINA SCORE!
  • 38'
    SPAHIC! Risky but rewarding defending! The low cross from Di Maria is magnificent, and is heading to Aguero, but the defender deflects the ball away, and nearly turns it into his own net!
  • 36'
    There we go, Mascherano, under pressure from Pjanic, plays the ball out for a throw in deep in his own half.
  • 33'
    Argentina don't look too comfortable playing a possession game, as the pressure from Bosnia up top is forcing a few mistakes.
  • 33'
    Argentina don't look too comfortable playing a possession game, as the pressure from Bosnia up top is forcing a few mistakes.
  • 31'
    The match starting to slow down a tad as Argentina find less and less space in the attacking third.
  • 28'
    Medunjanin wastes a good Bosnia attack with a hopeful shot from range that is deflected easily over for a corner.
  • 26'
    Rojo takes a risk with a heavy header back to Romero that is read early by Ibisevic, but the Argentine keeper shows his basketball background with some strong hops to pluck that one out of the air ahead of the striker.
  • 24'
    It's all Argentina now, as Di Maria jets in a great cross, that's just a little too high for Aguero. That doesn't stop the striker from trying though, and he leaps into the air well, just missing a connection on the ball.
  • 22'
    What looked like a risky rush off his line from Romero almost turns into a breakneck counter, as Aguero picks up the long punt, one-twos with Palacio and advances on goal, but the offside flag halts his endeavours.
  • 20'
    DI MARIA! He does the hard work well, driving past two men on the left and setting his team up nicely in the box But with teammates to pick out, he fluffs the easy part, going for goal himself and skying it.
  • 18'
    Replays do little to clear up the confusion, a dreadfully close 50-50 call. Maxi may just have been selling it a little, and that's probably what played on the referee's mind as he denied calling a spot kick.
  • 17'
    PENALTY?!?! Maxi Rodriguez goes on a barnstorming run down Bosnia's increasingly vulnerable right flank, and is taken out by Spahic just before he squares the ball in the six yard box. Aguero blasts the loose ball over the bar, but big shouts for a spot kick from Bosnia.
  • 15'
    NOW ARGENTINA! Aguero is picked out in space on the counter, and he tees up Palacio in the box. The Inter striker in turn lays the ball off to Zabaleta, but the full back's shot is charged down by Bicakcic.
  • 13'
    DZEKO! It's open season on the Agentina goal! Dzeko rolls his marker and squeezes a shot in from the corner of the six yard area, but it flashes across the goal in a heart-stopping moment!
  • 11'
    IBISEVIC NEEDS TO BURY THAT! A calamitous defensive mixup allows the striker to steal in ahead of Fernandez in the box, but he pokes the ball the wrong side of the goal from a great position!
  • 9'
    Pressure coming from Bosnia now, as Ibisevic and Dzeko link up, forcing Rojo into some safety first defending on the byeline.
  • 7'
    BEGOVIC! What a stop by the stoke keeper, after Aguero took his marker out of the equation with a deft cut, but was denied by the keeper from point blank range!
  • 5'
    This time it's Aguero who attacks down the right hand side, finding a ball into the box for Palacio, who is a little off balance and rather slices a volley tamely in the direction of Begovic.
  • 3'
    Nice one-touch cross by Palacio into the area between the two centre backs, but Aguero does not read it well and lets it sail out of contention.
  • 1'
    Here we go!
  • About 50 000 Bosnians living in the St Louis metropolitan area - the largest concentration outside the motherland itself. Quite a stirring rendition of their national anthem - a sizeable Bosnian presence in the stands.
  • Argentina mix it up in attack after drawing a blank against Ecuador three days ago. In comes Rodrigo Palacio, Sergio Aguero and Maxi Rodriguez, and out goes Ever Banega, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Gonzalo Higuain.
  • Strong lineup for Bosnia, with Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic linking up in attack, the duo responsible for 18 of their side's 30 goals in qualifying. Schalke defender Sead Kolasinac may also be in line to make his international debut from the bench.
  • ARGENTINA: Romero; Zabaleta, Otamendi, F. Fernández, Basanta, Rojo; Maxi Rodríguez, Mascherano, Di María; Agüero, Palacio.
  • BOSNIA: Begovic, Vrsajevic, Bicakcic, Spahic, Salihovic, Pjanic, Misimovic, Medunjanin, Azhirovic, Dzeko, Ibisevic.
  • Greetings one and all, and welcome to Argentina's friendly clash with Bosnia. I'm Keeghann Sinanan, your guide for all the action between two of the 32 sides that will contest the 2014 World Cup.