The Barcelona attacker scored what proved to be the
decisive goal in La Celeste's 2-1 victory over Bosnia &
Herzegovina, with Alejandro Sabella changing his tactics
Argentina match-winner Lionel Messi admits his country can
still improve following their gritty 2-1 victory over Bosnia &
Herzegovina at the World Cup.
Alejandro Sabella started with a 5-3-2 formation and saw
his side take the lead in the early exchanges when Sead
Kolasinac scored an own goal, but they struggled for the rest
of the half and a tactical switch was made at the break.
La Celeste performed better in the second half and Messi
picked up his second World Cup goal before Vedad Ibisevic
pulled one back, and the Barcelona man was realistic about
"Bosnia are a good team and we have things to improve, but
the important thing is to start with three points," he told
reporters. "In the first half we were too deep and that
hampered us in attack.
"The second goal was a relief for everybody and ensured
the three points, it was special for me because of the game
that I had.
Thousands of Argentina fans filled the Maracana stadium in
Rio de Janeiro for the match, and greeted Messi with loud
cheers when he walked out on the pitch.
The No.10 had no doubts about his country's support, and
insists he is focusing on winning the trophy back in the same
stadium on July 13.
"The Maracana was great, I had no doubt it would be like
that, we keep working towards the dream."
Sabella was also pleased to get the points on the board but
also admitted the performance could have been better.
"I'm satisfied with the result," he said. "With the
performance at times I was [pleased], at times I was not."