In the Maracana and backed by their supporters, Argentina made a winning start to the FIFA World Cup. They beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-1 with goals from Kolasinac (og, 3') and Messi (65'). Ibisevic (85') netted a consolation goal for the Bosnians. In the starting line-up between the posts for Argentina, Sergio Romero played very well, producing a series of top saves in the first half.
Argentina are top of Group F, before the match between Iran and Nigeria, on Monday.
In Group E, France withstood the physical approach of Honduras and, like in 1998, won their opening match of the competition 3-0. Man of the match, Karim Benzema scored a double (pen. 45', 72'), and was provoked an own goal from Honduran 'keeper Valladares...
In the group's other match, France's next opponents, Switzerland, defeated Ecuador 2-1 thqnks to q lqst-minute strike from Seferovic.