World Cup: 6 Talking Points from Magic Monday

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1. 10 seconds of Messi magic

Argentina had a great start in its first match of the 2014 World Cup due to an unfortunate own goal by Bosnia and Herzegovina to go ahead 1-0. But after that, Argentina looked just slightly above average, and Lionel Messi (above, left) probably lost possession as many times as he completed passes. After halftime Argentina slightly improved, but it was one magical run from Messi that notched his country’s second goal. It was an all-around brilliant piece of play that lifted the rest of his team to see out the match. Bosnia and Herzegovina did score late to cut the lead in half, but it was too little, too late.

2. Nervous Bosnians

Bosnia and Herzegovina is playing in its first World Cup tournament and does not look all that comfortable on the big stage. During the course of its match against Argentina, play was timid, and we did not see the type of aggressive forward play that led the team to Brazil in the first place. Bosnia and Herzegovina has great players who are very experienced — think Edin Džeko, Emir Spahić, Asmir Begović, and Miralem Pjanić. However, this group did not play all too well. Easy passes were missed, and players with the ball were not picking up their heads to see the field. Vedad Ibiśević did well in his second-half substitute role and put his name in the starting conversation.