FIFA World Cup: Lionel Messi Scores as Argentina Make Winning Start vs Bosnia-Herzegovina

Lionel Messi scored his first FIFA World Cup goal since 2006 as Argentina got off to a winning start to their 2014 campaign, defeating Bosnia-Herzegovina in a Group F match in Rio de Janeiro.

updated: June 16, 2014 09:21 IST
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Rio de Janeiro: Lionel Messi scored a brilliant individual goal to bring Argentina out of their slumber and beat Bosnia 2-1 in the Balkan nation's first appearance at the World Cup finals on Sunday. (Lionel Messi thanks coach, fans for win)

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After giving away 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 the Group F clash in a Maracana stadium packed with Argentine fans. (In pics: Argentina fans party after opening win)

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.

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