Sunday June 15 2014
Line-ups: Argentina-Bosnia

Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero start as Argentina give Miralem Pjanic’s Bosnia their World Cup debut.

It kicks off at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro at 23.00 UK time (22.00 GMT).

Argentina are among the favourites to win this tournament, although first Messi must shake off his reputation for delivering at club level and not internationally.

Incredibly, Messi hasn’t scored in the World Cup since 2006, when Argentina flattened Serbia and Montenegro 6-0.

The Barcelona hero is joined in by Manchester City’s Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero, but Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain is benched.

There is another Napoli player in the Albiceleste line-up, namely Federico Fernandez, who completes the three-man defence with Inter’s Hugo Campagnaro.

Bosnia and Herzegovina make their all-time debut in a major international tournament, having never previously qualified for the World or European championships.

They have several very high-profile names, including Roma midfielder Pjanic, Lazio winger Senad Lulic and Manchester City centre-forward Edin Dzeko.

Argentina: Romero; Campagnaro, F Fernandez, Garay; Zabaleta, Rodriguez, Mascherano, Di Maria, Rojo; Messi, Aguero


Bosnia: Begovic; Mujdza, Spahic, Bicakcic, Kolasinac; Misimovic, Hajrovic, Besic, Pjanic, Lulic; Dzeko