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Argentina are many people's favourites to top the pile at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but a Bundesliga-inspired Bosnia and Herzegovina pushed La Albiceleste for long periods. Mensur Mujdza, Ermin Bicakcic, Emir Spahic and Sead Kolasinac, who could do little about his own goal in the third minute, formed a four-man backline that gave a great account of themselves against the attack-minded Argentines, but though Vedad Ibisevic grabbed a late consolation in the 2-1 loss, it wasn't enough to deny Lionel Messi his moment in the Estadio Maracana.
The action on another dramatic day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup is drawing to a close. Bosnia and Herzegovina are taking to the field against Argentina with plenty of Bundesliga representation, similar to Switzerland, who had six Bundesliga stars in their starting XI. They got the better of Ecuador thanks to two familiar faces. Find out .
FC Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer no longer has any lingering concerns about his now healed shoulder injury, giving himself the green light to keep goal for Germany against Portugal on Monday. "No, I've no complaints at all," he said on the website of the German Football Association (DFB). "Of course I am still getting some medical care, but everything's fine, I've been training well and I've regained my self-assuredness, so it's all good."
FC Bayern's Xherdan Shaqiri appears to be in confident mood ahead of Switzerland's game with Ecuador. The 22-year-old is adamant Ottmar Hitzfeld's side can make it out of the group. "We've been handed a decent group with France, Ecuador and Honduras," said the winger. "It could have been a lot more difficult, but we mustn't underestimate our opponents. I'm convinced we'll reach the last 16 if we play to our full potential. Our aim is to survive the group stage."
Thirty-three-year-old Bayer 04 Leverkusen centre-back Emir Spahic is set to lead Bosnia and Herzegovina, who are taking part in their first ever World Cup finals in Brazil, onto the Maracana pitch against Argentina on Sunday. "I’m incredibly happy to be taking part in a World Cup after all - it’s incredible! Better late than never," said the defender. "I was playing in the Champions League with Leverkusen this season and now I’m at the World Cup. Things couldn’t have gone any better.
Sunday's game between France and Honduras is the first clash at this summer's World Cup without Bundesliga representation. One notable absentee from Didier Deschamps' French squad is Franck Ribery, who was forced to . "Of course I would have liked to play at the tournament," said the 31-year-old. "But I've accepted the situation. My football career will continue after this World Cup."
Having been placed in a group with tournament favourites Argentina, 2013 African Cup of Nations winners Nigeria and Iran, Bosnia and Herzegovina face a tough test to qualify for the knockout stages of the World Cup. With the likes of 1899 Hoffenheim star Sejad Salihovic (pictured, r.), VfB Stuttgart dangerman Vedad Ibisevic and Bayer 04 Leverkusen defender Emir Spahic, as well as four other Bundesliga stars in their ranks, Bosnia will be confident of causing an upset in Rio tonight.
Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld feels his side are reaping the rewards of having . "For Swiss players to be playing at a high rhythm and a high level like in the Bundesliga, where they can show and also prove themselves, can only be a good thing for the Swiss national team," said the former FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund coach. "It's great that they can gather experience in one of the best and most successful leagues in the world,"
Good morning, we are ready for the match against Argentina..100% ready! Hajmo bosno #BIH— Emir Spahić (@emir_spahic) June 15, 2014
's Costa Rica arguably produced the result of the day against Uruguay on Saturday. After giving away a first-half penalty, the Mainz 05 star redeemed himself with a strong second-half display as the Group D underdogs came from behind to record a 3-1 win. , Adrian Ramos was an unused substitute in Colombia's 3-0 victory against Sokratis' Greece, while Shinji Okazaki, Yuya Osako and Co. went down 2-1 to Cote d'Ivoire. BVB newcomer Ciro Immobile was also given a brief run-out in Italy's 2-1 win over England.