Result: Argentina secure narrow win over Bosnia-Herzegovina

Argentina win their opening match of the World Cup after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina

Lionel Messi scored a stunning goal as Argentina got their World Cup campaign off to a winning start with a narrow victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina at the Maracana Stadium.

The Barcelona forward was involved early on as his free kick was not cleared by the Golden Lilies defence and Sead Kolasinac diverted the ball into his own net to give the South Americans a second-minute lead.

Sead Kolasinac of Bosnia and Herzegovina scores an own goal past goalkeeper Asmir Begovic as Ezequiel Garay and Federico Fernandez of Argentina look on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina at Maracan© Getty Images

However, the tournament newcomers refused to buckle despite falling behind, and nearly got back on terms when Izet Hajrovic controlled a floated pass, but keeper Sergio Romero made sure that the attack was thwarted.

Argentina tried to inject pace into their game and almost increased their lead when Javier Mascherano's long-range effort needed to be punched away by Bosnia keeper Asmir Begovic.

However, they were nearly pegged back on the stroke of half-time when Senad Lulic's header was well saved by Romero.

Argentina's forward and captain Lionel Messi prepares to kick the ball to score his team's second goal during the Group F football match between Argentina and Bosnia Hercegovina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio De Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on J© Getty Images

The South Americans started the second half far better and nearly found a second goal when Messi created a chance for strike partner Sergio Aguero, but the Manchester City forward produced a poor effort that didn't trouble Begovic.

Argentina soon doubled their advantage when Messi picked the ball up on the right-hand side and dribbled past two defenders before firing a 20-yard shot in off the post.

Vedad Ibisevic Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina at Maracana on June 15, 2014© Getty Images

The two-time world champions had looked comfortable for much of the second half, but were left on edge with six minutes remaining when Vedad Ibisevic snuck his effort past the onrushing Romero from close range to give Bosnia hope of a comeback.

However, Argentina were able to hold on for a win and will hope to all but seal a place in the second round with victory over Iran on Saturday.

Sead Kolasinac of Bosnia and Herzegovina scores an own goal past goalkeeper Asmir Begovic as Ezequiel Garay and Federico Fernandez of Argentina look on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina at Maracan
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