The first game in this group was set to feature a set of superstars versus a young upstart squad. The second game was supposed to have a continental champion overwhelm an also-ran; fail on this one as well.
What a disappointing performance from Argentina. Expecting a fearsome foursome at the top, Alejandro Sabella decided to drop Gonzalo Higuaín and Ángel Di María, plus he fielded essentially six defenders. So it’s no shocker that they only led at the half because of an early own-goal from Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Sabella changed it up at the half and brought on Higuaín and Fernando Gago. More option meant more men for the Bosnians to defend against and that allowed Lionel Messi to score. Check out the goal here… Messi makes his run, passes it to Higuaín, who gives it right back to Messi, who hadn’t stopped running until he’s ready to take his shot, and then it’s in. Bosnia would get one back late but that was it. Argentina 2-1 Bosnia & Hezegovina
As for today’s match, let’s just say Nigeria blew their best chance at three points in this group. Iran was content to batter down the hatches, but as the game went on, so did the Persians’ sense of adventure. Stephen Keshi’s frustration showed early when he subbed on Shola Ameobi for Victor Moses in the 52nd minute… and then Peter Odemwingie for Ramon Azeez in the 69th. Neither Ameobi nor Odemwingie exactly lit up the Premier League this season… and their work rate was no better today. Nigeria dominated possession… but as we so often see, possession means nothing. This World Cup gets its first draw after five days of play. Iran 0-0 Nigeria