ARGENTINA 2 – 1 BOSNIA

Argentina don’t really have a “challenging” group to qualify from, they’re expected to beat all 3 other teams in it with not much of a problem at all.

Despite that, it wasn’t actually any of the Argentina players that scored their first goal of the World cup… an unlucky deflection from a shot that was DEFINITELY going to miss (had it not hit Sead Kolasinac) was the only goal of the first half. Really, Argentina deserved to go in at the half time break only drawing 0-0. They hadn’t shown their true colours until the 2nd half at least.

Alan Shearer, Juninho, Neil Lennon and Gary Lineker were all discussing the managerial genius after the game. They basically pointed out that the manager changed his tactics at the half time break and it was the catalyst for Argentina’s improved performance in the second half. They’re probably right. Messi seemed quiet and not confident enough in the first half, plus he was tightly marked by two men at all time. Once the tactical change was made by the Argentina manager, there was an extra player for the Bosnian defenders to mark and Messi got the space he needed to show what he can do. Some world class football.

Bosnia’s only goal of the game was interesting, reminiscent of Luis Suarez because it was a NUTMEG. Ibisevic managed to get past the last Argentina defender around and put the ball through their goalkeepers legs. Had the own goal in the first half not happened, the game could easily have ended in a 1-1 draw.

One player who was surprisingly quiet was the Manchester City player and Premier League winner Dzeko. He was never really part of the attacking force that Argentina’s defense had to deal with. They had bigger problems and players who were performing better than the Premier League star. Perhaps we’ll see more from him later on in the tournament.

KEY PLAYERS: Mascherano was the strongest Argentinian midfielder on the pitch and a part of everything that was going on. Messi lived up to his reputation as the worlds best player in the second half, when he scored from about 18 yards, slotting it past the keeper who could only watch the ball scream past him into the net, even after he had dived at it.

It was a delight to watch Vedad Ibisevic nutmeg the Argentinian goalkeeper. I felt like screaming “LUIS” because it reminded me of Suarez and one of his many goals (where he decided to nutmeg a goalie).

[written by] Stuart Drewery.

Stuart Drewery

I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red. I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.

I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.

 

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