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Asmir Begovic's Bosnia & Herzegovina Fall To Lionel Messi

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ASMIR BEGOVIC'S World Cup debut was halted by a fantastic goal from Lionel Messi as Bosnia & Herzegovina lost 2-1 to Argentina in Brazil last night.

City's goalkeeper could do little to thwart the Barcelona star's strike after 65 minutes following the Argentine's great run from midfield.

He had already been forced to pick the ball out of the back of the net as early as the third minute when a free kick was deflected past him by team-mate Sead Kolasinac.

Both Begovic and opposite number Sergio Romero made decent stops before the break and the game has still been tightly poised as the hour mark passed.

But then the 4-time Ballon d'Or winner picked the ball up on the halfway line, raced passed one defender, played a one-two with Gonzalo Higuan and beat another to drill the ball home.

Vedad Ibisevic pulled a late goal back for Bosnia but it was to be Argentina's night at the sold-out Maracana.

Bosnia sit bottom of Group F ahead of today's other game involving Iran and Peter Odemwingie's Nigeria, before they go up against the Super Eagles on Saturday.

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