Messi seals opening victory for Argentina over Bosnia-Herzegovina
Benzema brace makes it 3-0 to France
Goalline technology awards France a second goal
France lead 1-0 at half-time against ten-men Honduras
Haris Seferovic scores last gasp winner for Swiss
Admir Mehmedi equalises for Switzerland after the break
Enner Valencia puts Ecuador ahead against Switzerland
Switzerland-Ecuador, France-Honduras, Argentina Bosnia-Herzegovinia are in action today
Lionel Messi accepts a lay-off from substitute Gonzalo Higuain, runs along the edge of the areas and curls a shot that beats Begovic and goes in off a post.
We’re back underway at Maracana and Argentina have made two change, replacing Maxi Rodriguez with Fernando Gago in a bid to bring more structure to the midfield, and bringing in Gonzalo Higuain for Hugo Campagnaro as they revert to a more familiar 4-3-3.
Half-time: Argentina 1 Bosnia-Herzegovina 0
An intriguing first half, played out in an electric atmosphere at Maracana, where Argentina fans have taken over and are making a lot of noise. Argentina took an early lead and briefly threatened to overrun Bosnia, but the Bosnians held their own and threatened themselves through Dzeko and Lulic.
Argentina have struggled to get the best from the five-man defensive system, a formation rarely used in qualifying but supposedly preferred by Messi. Argentina’s number 10 was forced deeper and deeper to get the ball and has rarely been at his most threatening.
Argentina 1 Bosnia-Herzegovina 0
- Kolasinac 2 og
Rojo fails to connect cleanly with Messi’s free-kick from the left. The ball deflects in off the unfortunate Kolasinac
Argentina-Bosnia: team news
The teamsheets are out and, as expected, Argentina are going with a back five, a 5-3-2, with Lionel Messi up front with Sergio Aguero. Bosnia will play their usual shape, 4-2-3-1, with Edin Dzeko as the lone striker.
Argentina: Romero; Zabaleta, Garay, Campagnaro, Fernandez, Rojo; Mascherano, Maxi Roadriguez, Di Maria; Messi, Aguero
Bosnia: Begovic; Mujdza, Bicakcic, Spahic, Kolasinac; Besic, Hajrovic; Pjanic, Misimovic, Lulic; Dzeko
Full time: France 3-0 Honduras
- Benzema pen. 45
- Valladares og. 48
- Benzema 73
France 3-0 Honduras
- Benzema 73
From a France corner the ball is laid back to Debushy who lashes in a shot from 30 yards. His effort smacks into a Honduras defender and falls at the feet of Benzema, who hammers the loose ball into the roof of the net from a tight angle.
Honduras coach Luis Suarez is visibly angry with the decision to award the goal. However, the second replay clearly showed that the ball came off the back of Valladares and crossed the line. The confusion arose due to the stadium screen showing Benzema’s initial effort which had not crossed the line.
France 2-0 Honduras
- Valladares 48 og
Karim Benzema smacks a volley against the far post, it comes back and hits goalkeeper Valladares on the back, before he scrambles the ball off the line.
There’s an appeal and after consulting the new goalline technology, it’s a goal.
There’s confusion though as the initial replay shows that the ball does not cross the line, but a second replay confirms it is in fact a goal.
That’s a little piece of World Cup history made right there.
Half-time – France 1-0 Honduras
France 1-0 up against ten men and it is hard to see any way back for Honduras now.
France 1-0 Honduras
- Karim Benzema 45
Karim Benzema makes no mistake from the penalty sport, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way.
Penalty and red card!
Wilson Palacios barges over Paul Pogba in the penalty area. The referee points to the penalty spot and shows Palacios a second yellow card.
France midfielder Paul Pogba is lucky to be still on the pitch after he reacts to being trodden on by kicking out at Wilson Palacios. After a lengthy delay, the referee Sandro Ricci shows both players a yellow card.
France hit the woodwork again, this time Parice Evra crosses from the left and Antoine Griezmann climbs highest but his header rebounds off the bar.
Honduras hanging on here.
Fantastic piece of athleticism from Honduras goalkeeper, Noel Valladares, to tip the ball on to the bar to deny Blaise Matuidi.
Stat of the day
France v Honduras: team news
The teams are in and France have made two changes from the side which thrashed Jamaica 8-0 in their last warm-up game.
France: Lloris, Debuchy, Evra, Varane, Sakho, Cabaye, Valbuena, Benzema, Griezmann, Matuidi, Pogba
Honduras: Valladares, Figueroa, Bernardez, Izaguirre, Palacios, Bengtson, Costly, Espinoza, Najar, Garrido, Beckeles
Full time: Switzerland 2-1 Ecuador
- Admir Mehmedi 48
- Haris Seferovic 93
- Enner Valencia 22
Switzerland 2-1 Ecuador
- Haris Seferovic 93
Amazing climax in Brasilia with Switzerland snatching a last minute winner. Behrami does brilliantly to make a last ditch tackle in his own penalty area before launching a counter-attack which reaches substitute Haris Seferovic, who sweeps the ball into the roof of the net.
Switzerland think they have scored when Ricardo Rodriguez scuffs a shot past Alexander Dominguez, but the striker is standing in an offside position.
Heads you win…
Switzerland 1-1 Ecuador
- Admir Mehmedi 48
Switzerland are level within three minutes of the restart. A corner is swung over from the left and substitute, Admir Mehmedi, who’s only been on the pitch two minutes, rises highest at the near post to head home.
Switzerland 0-1 Ecuador
- Enner Valencia 22
Free-kick near the corner flag is swung in by Walter Ayovi and it’s a teasing cross that Switzerland are unable to deal with, allowing the unmarked Enner Valencia to head in from close range.
We’re underway in Brasilia and one can only assume that there are a lot of neutrals in the ground, because the first Mexican Wave has started making its way around the stadium.
Switzerland-Ecuador team news
Switzerland starting XI: Benaglio, Lichtsteiner, Rodriguez, Von Bergen, Djourou, Inler, Behrami, Shaqiri, Xhaka, Stocker, Drmic.
Ecuador starting XI: Dominguez, Paredes, Ayovi, Guagua, Erazo, A. Valencia, Noboa, Gruezo, Montero, Caicedo, E. Valencia.
Images of the day
Some more great photos coming out of Brazil. Including this one of some Colombian fans enjoying their team’s win over Greece.
First up today is Switzerland-Ecuador in Brasilia.
The Swiss, coached by wily old Ottmar Hitzfeld will stick with a 4-2-3-1 system that brought qualification.
For Ecuador, the tragic death of Christian Benitez last year was a huge loss on a number of levels. See how they intend to cope without such a versatile performer.
You can read our tactical guide to today’s game by clicking here.
Another fine Messi
Lionel Messi makes his Brazil 2014 bow tonight when Argentina face Bosnia-Herzegovinia in the Maracana.
Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella discusses his role in bringing out the best in the player generally regarded as the world’s finest.
Quote of the day
“It’s truly absurd we cannot consider a timeout. Luckily the referee intervened every now and again, but it’s absurd. If we want entertainment, we need to enable the players to give great performances.”
While the England-Italy game began at a high tempo, both sides appeared to struggle physically towards the end, with several England players cramping up. Italy coach Cesare Prandelli believes the players should have been timeouts to ensure they could perform optimally.
Goal of the day
We’re picking a Goal of the Day throughout the tournament and so far, with 28 goals spread across 8 matches, we’ve been spoiled for choice.
Today’s pick is Joel Campbell’s effort from Costa Rica’s stunning 3-1 victory over Uruguay. It was a great finish by Campbell but it was the work of Cristian Gamboa and his refusal to give up a lost cause that made the goal possible.