Argentina vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina: Live Player Ratings

Andrew Gibney@@gibney_aFeatured ColumnistJune 15, 2014

Bosnia's player Pjanic Miralem, center, celebrates his goal against Lithuania, during their World Cup 2014 Group G qualifying soccer match at Stadium Bilino Polje  in Zenica, Bosnia, on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
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Argentina kick off their attempt to win the 2014 World Cup with a tricky match against Bosnia-Herzegovina in the Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, in the last of Sunday's games.

After Uruguay beat the hosts in the final of the 1950 World Cup when the tournament was last hosted in Brazil, Alex Sabella's side would love to return to Rio for the final in four weeks' time to lift the trophy in hostile territory.

Don't expect this game to buck the trend of goals that we have enjoyed so far. Each side scored at least 30 times in qualifying, and both coaches prefer an attacking style of play.

Despite suffering from a knee injury, Gonzalo Higuain should be fit enough to play alongside Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero in Sabella's 4-3-3 system.

Safet Susic is likely to set his Bosnia team up in a more conservative 4-2-3-1 formation, with striker Vedad Ibisevic making way for Edin Dzeko to play the role as lone striker.

There are doubts over the fitness of midfielder Sejad Salihovic, but Susic hopes he will be fit in time for kick-off.

Roma's excellent Miralem Pjanic will be one of the key players for Bosnia; if the midfielder playmaker can get space and time on the ball, he could cause the Argentine back line a whole host of problems.

We'll be rating the performance of the players on both sides at half-time and full-time, so be sure to check back here to how each player is doing.

The match kicks off at 11 p.m. UK time.

Argentina Player Ratings
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Player Ratings
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Romero: Made a couple of important saves; beaten by Ibisevic in the second half.

Zabaleta: Trying to get forward down the right but failed to trouble the Bosnia defence.

Campagnaro: Looked composed with little to do; sacrificed at half-time.

Fernandez: Played well until his poor tracking back led to the Bosnia goal.

Garay: Will be disappointed to concede the goal; played well for most of the game.

Rojo: His attacking impetus disappeared with the change to 4-3-3.

Mascherano: Passing the ball well; controlled the game well from deep.

Rodriguez: Barely touched the ball; not influential at all.

Di Maria: Not as impressive as he has been for Real Madrid; needed to get more involved.

Aguero: Did much better with the change of formation; a few lively moments.

Messi: Much better second half; great goal and looked much quicker as the game went on.

Higuain: Added a new dimension to the Argentina attack; played a big part in the second goal.

Gago: Was solid enough in the central midfield role.

Biglia: Only played the last few minutes.


Begovic: Made some good saves; shame that he was beaten twice.

Mujdza: Dealt well with the threat of Rojo; wasn't able to get forward.

Bicakcic: Defended well for most of the game; couldn't do much for the goals.

Spahic: Has done well against Messi and Aguero; couldn't stop the Messi goal.

Kolasinac: Unlucky to concede the goal; recovered well from his bad start.

Besic: Has patrolled the midfield extremely well; tracked back and broke up the play.

Pjanic: Dictated the pace of the game when in possession; lacked that killer pass.

Hajrovic: Had a great chance early on; nearly equalised. 

Misimovic: Looked dangerous in the first half; faded after the break.

Lulic: Added support from the left; nearly scored; lovely pass for the Ibisevic goal.

Dzeko: Struggled to get in the game; half chance on the turn went well over the bar.

Ibisevic: Scored a historic goal for his country.

Visca: Looked busy down the right; played a couple of good crosses into the box.

Medunjanin: Didn't get on the ball enough to impact the game.


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