With the No. 10 on the back of his shirtÂ and the hopes of a nation on his shoulders, legendary Lionel Messi delivered an extraordinary goal in a 2-1 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina at Estadio do Maracana in Rio on Sunday.
“Argentina held a slim 1-0 lead over the resolute Dragons in the teams’ opening match in Group F when Messi doubled the advantage with a signature scoring run in the 65th minute,” The Huff Post report.
“Coming nearlyÂ eight years since his lone World Cup goalÂ for Argentina, this mesmerizing surge and strike flashed the brilliance that has already made the 26-year-old a legend at Barcelona,” the publication adds.
Like so many goals performed by the legendary player at Camp Nou, this one began with prescient run from a deep position and was preceded by quick interplay with a teammate. Like so many of Messi’s scoring runs for Barcelona, this one left defenders tripping over one another.
After clearing hisÂ way through the opponents’ defense until he found space at the edge of the penalty area, the Argentinian forwardÂ ended his goal-scoring jaunt with a left-footed shot.
The low drive beat Bosnia-Herzegovina goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and pinged off the goalpost into the net.
“Messi majestic at the Maracana,” ESPN announcer Derek Rae hailed after the goal. “Magnificent Messi bamboozles Bosnia at last.”
Argentina’s victory follows Netherlands vsÂ Spain game with the score 5-1 in their opening World Cup Group B match on Friday.
It was one shameful game for Spain with a tremendous victory of Netherlands trashing the defending world champions 5-1 Friday.It was Spainâ€™s worst loss in the tournament since a 6-1 defeat to Brazil in 1950.
Spain opened the game, with five BarĂ§a players in the starting line-up â€“ Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets, PiquĂ© and Jordi Alba, but Netherlands came out swinging in the second half thanks to Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie, who both scored twice, including a spectacular diving header from the Manchester United striker.
Spain squandered possession from a throw-in and when Blind found Robben, who brought the ball down with a velcro-like first-touch, he turned Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique before scoring.
Van Persie could have made it 3-1 with 20 minutes left after a surging run from Robben, but his dipping half-volley crashed against the bar.But Holland duly scored their third of the night when De Vrij capitalised on an error from Casillas in the 64th minute to bundle the ball into the net.
Van Persie duly made it 4-1 when Casillas, who had a dreadful game, miscontrolled the ball, allowing the Manchester United striker score his second goal, prodding it into an empty net. Robben made it 5-1 with 10 minutes to go, his quick feet once again creating enough space for him to thud the ball into the net and in so doing shatter Spainâ€™s perceived status as invincible, saysÂ Mirror.
â€śI feel sick, ill at ease, but with the courage a defeat must not sink us,â€ť said Spain coach Vicente del Bosque admitting to feeling physically sick by the nature of the defeat.
â€śIt is not a happy moment, but first of all I want to congratulate the Dutch team, who were superior to us. We have been overwhelmed in the second half. We are a team of good professionals and good lads, everyone hurts, so there was no accusatory glances and thatâ€™s good for the team. There will be time to talk.â€ť