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Messi scores, lifts Argentina over Bosnia

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  • Argentina's Lionel Messi, right, celebrates with Argentina's Angel di Maria, left, after Messi scored his side's second goal during a group F World Cup soccer match between Argentina and Bosnia at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 15, 2014.

      Argentina's Lionel Messi, right, celebrates with Argentina's Angel di Maria, left, after Messi scored his side's second goal during a group F World Cup soccer match between Argentina and Bosnia at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 15, 2014.
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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Lionel Messi scored a stunning second-half goal to push staggering Argentina to a 2-1 victory over Bosnia Sunday at the Maracana in the Group F opener for both teams.

Messi lifted Argentina in the 65th minute, moving in from the right and striking a low left-footed shot off the inside of the post behind Bosnian keeper Asmir Begovic. It was Messi's second World Cup goal, adding to one he scored eight years ago in Germany.

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Vedad Ibisevic scored a close-in goal in the 85th to give Bosnia hope.

Argentina took a 1-0 lead in the third minute on an own-goal by defender Sead Kolasinac. For the remainder of the half, Argentina showed little with Messi seldom touching the ball and Bosnia -- a World Cup debutant -- looking more threatening.

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