Argentina is ready to roll on the fourth day of the World Cup, with ace striker Lionel Messi looking to redeem himself from the futile run he had four years ago in South Africa. On Sunday, Argentina will be tested by Europe's dark horse squad Bosnia and Herzegovina at 6:00 p..m ET (8:00 a.m Sydney time) at Estadio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro.
So far, the tournament saw mixed results in the performance of the South Americans three days into the competition. Host nation Brazil staved off a rough start to secure a 3-1 victory over Croatia, while Columbia overcame the absence of their star player in Falcao to book an impressive 3-0 win against Greece in their first World Cup match since the 1998 edition.
Meanwhile, Uruguay just absorbed a stunner of a loss at the hands of Costa Rica. With Luis Suarez still struggling to reach in tip-top shape, Uruguay didn't have enough firepower to offset the Liverpool gunner's absence.
Diego Maradona, who served as the manager for the Argentine national football team in 2010, believed Messi had a wise decision taking some rest ahead of the World Cup.
"I see Messi doing well. I think it was good for him to have a proper rest because he had gone four years hardly missing a match," Maradona said in Buenos Aires newspaper Ole. "I'd really like to speak to him now, and tell him to take things easy, not to listen to the idiots. There are a lot of them, unfortunately."
Despite the presence of the four-time FIFA Player of the Year winner and Gonzalo Higuain, Maradona stressed the team need to focus more on their defense - something he lacked of four years ago.
"We are looking good in attack but I am a bit worried about the defence, to be honest. But the team has more experience now [than in 2010], and that is very important in the World Cup."
Bosnia coach Safet Susic is aware of the striking power Argentina possesses. However, the manager rejected the idea of manning Messi as they want to play their defense according to their tactical formation.
"It is a dilemma for me, but to sacrifice a player just to man-mark Messi...I don't think it would be good for us.
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