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World Cup Day Four: Messi Redemption

Messi-ArgentinaDay four of the World Cup brought two of the biggest names in world football together: Lionel Messi and the famed Maracana stadium in Rio. The spiritual home of Brazilian football become a suburb of Buenois Aires as Argentina fans flocked to Rio to see one of the top contenders for the World Cup play Bosnia

Argentina went ahead after only three minutes old when Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Sead Kolasinac turned in a Messi free kick into his own goal. But Messi was largely invisible in the first half, a scene that Argentina fans have seen far too often.

But then in the 65th minute, Lionel Messi announced that he has arrived in Brazil ready to claim the one trophy he is missing. A one two with Higuain gave him hald a yard of space outside the Bosnia box, and brilliant balance took him past two defenders before he scored via the post from the edge of the penalty box. A brilliant goal, and you could see from his reaction what it meant to him to get a goal in this competition.

But while the 2-1 victory was what the Argentina fans came to see, this was not a great performance. A five-man back line was too cautious in the first half and even when insert name changed formations in the second half, Bosnia caused them lots of problems. The best teams get better are the tournament progresses and that I am sure will be the message that Messi and the Argentina players will make.

In the France v Honduras match we got our first use of goal line technology as a Karim Benzema shot hit the post and then went in via the Honduran goalkeeper.

France looked impressive against 10-man Honduras and look like they will progress to the knockout stages. The other two teams in the group, Switzerland and Ecuador set their own piece of World Cup history as Switzerland’s Haris Seferovic winning goal in the 93rd minute was the latest goal over scored in a group game.