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World Cup live blog: June 15

June 15, 2014

Games kick off at noon with Switzerland vs. Ecuador, followed by France-Honduras at 3 and Argentina-Bosnia at 6.

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(Oliver Weiken/EPA)

With a late second-half goal that cut Argentina’s lead to one, Bosnia put up one heck of a fight at their first World Cup match. Alas, their efforts were for naught against an unstoppable Lionel Messi, who score a very pretty goal mid-game. Unfortunately, though, the draw wasn’t meant to be as Bosnia had already own-goaled at just three minutes into the game. (The southeastern European team set a World Cup fastest-time-ever record for that actually.) Here’s how the rest of the match broke down, according to FIFA’s official stats.

Goals

Argentina: 2, Sead Kolasinac with an own goal at 3′ and Lionel Messi at 65′

Bosnia: 1, Vedad Ibisevic at 85′

Total shots:

Argentina: 11

Bosnia: 15

Shots on goal

Argentina: 5

Bosnia: 10

Fouls

Argentina: 10

Bosnia: 14

Possession percentage

Argentina: 55 percent

Bosnia: 45 percent

Corners

Argentina: 2

Bosnia: 6

Saves

Argentina: 9

Bosnia: 4

Offsides

Argentina: 0

Bosnia: 3

Red cards

Argentina: 0

Bosnia: 0

Yellow cards

Argentina: 1, Marcos Rojo at 25′

Bosnia: 1, Emir Spahić at 63′

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Lionel Messi. (Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images)

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Argentina's forward Sergio Aguero vies with Bosnia's Muhamed Besic. (Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images)

Sergio Aguero, who earlier hit his head, has exited in exchange for Lucas Biglia at minute 87.

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Vedad Ibisevic was able to do it and the ball rolled in so nicely. The score’s now 2-1 with Argentina still leading.

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Muhamed Besic, left, and Mensur Mujdza in action against Lionel Messi. (Oliver Weiken/EPA)

Mensur Mujdza, Izet Hajrovic and Zvjezdan Misimovic went out; Vedad Ibisevic, Edin Visca and Haris Medunjanin came in.

We’ll see if the fresh legs can help turn the last 20 or so minutes of the match around for the Bosnian team.

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And another angle.

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After a failed free kick, the Argentinian superstar did it! Argentina’s up 2-0.

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Seriously, what is going on with him tonight?

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That’s called rabona, as defined in soccer, the “rabona” is ”a method of kicking the ball whereby the kicking leg is wrapped around the back of the standing leg — effectively with one’s legs crossed.”

There are a few reasons to pull out this move, such as to confuse a defender or quickly execute an angled kick, but Rojo didn’t seem to need to do any of those. Hmm.

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Karma! That Poor kid!

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Argentina's Hugo Campagnaro jumps to clear the ball. (Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)

Hugo Campagnaro and Maxi Rodriguez both came off the pitch at minute 46 in exchange for Gonzalo Higuain and Fernando Gago. They have just one substitution left.

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It didn’t convert.

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But does this one count? Don’t forget, the only reason they’re ahead is because of a Bosnian accident.

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Lionel Messi of Argentina dribbles past Sead Kolasinac of Bosnia.(Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

More shockingly, however, it wasn’t Lionel Messi who scored the goal — it was a fluke Bosnian own goal. Argentina is going to have to pick it up if they want to continue to stave off what’s turning out to be a strong Bosnian offense.

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His header after a corner kick almost made it into the net. In any case, Lulic has made it known that he’s here for business.

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Ouch. Luckily, both players are still on the pitch and seem to be OK.

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Sergio Aguero of Argentina and Ermin Bicakcic of Bosnia go up for a header. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Both end up with headaches, but neither gets booked. It was clearly an accidental collision.

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The Argentinian defender got a little too rough with Mensur Mujdza and was booked for it. Bosnia couldn’t convert the free kick. The score is still 1-0, with Bosnia trailing.

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