Lionel Messi: made it clear a five-man defence is not a formation of which he approves. Photograph: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

I watched the first half of Argentina’s World Cup opener against Bosnia with a friend in a restaurant in Salvador, at half-time we talked about how ba(...)

 Edin Dzeko of Bosnia and Herzegovina helps Toni Sunjic after he collided with teammate Muhamed Besic at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. Photograph:  Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Bosnia-Herzegovina 3 Iran 1Argentina played their part and won in Porte Alegre, yet Iran could not rouse themselves to take advantage and progress fro(...)

 Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has brought disipline to the Iran side during his tenure. Photograph: EPA.

With a solitary World Cup win to their name – against the United States on 1998 – another for Iran against Bosnia today would alone be cause for big c(...)

Bosnia’s Edin Dzeko beats   Nigeria’s Kenneth Omeruo (22) and Shola Ameobi to the ball as he misses a chance to score a goal during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match at the Pantanal arena in Cuiaba. Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters

Bosnia-Herzegovina went out of their first World Cuplast night with a sense of injustice over a disallowed goal and regrets that they had not performe(...)

Edin Dzeko: The striker needs to be at his best if Bosnia are to beat Nigeria. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

For Bosnia, a victory at the World Cup finals would be another first with African champions Nigeria in their sights at the Arena Pantanal in Group (...)

Argentina’s Lionel Messi  is challenged by Trinindad and Tobago’s Joevin Jones. Photograph:   Martin Acosta/Reuters

Lionel Messi, looking to score his first World Cup goals since 2006 in Brazil later this month, didn’t score as Argentina cruised to a 3-0 win over T(...)