Featured Matches
Previous
Germany
Argentina
ESPNDeportes Sep 3, 2014 6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Czech Republic
United States
Sep 3, 2014 6:15 PM GMT
Game Details
England
Norway
Sep 3, 2014 7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Philadelphia Union
Toronto FC
Sep 3, 2014 11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
New England Revolution
Sporting Kansas City
Sep 3, 2014 11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Chivas USA
Seattle Sounders FC
Sep 3, 2014 2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Crewe Alexandra
Rochdale
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Oldham Athletic
Bradford City
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Accrington Stanley
Carlisle United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Barnsley
York City
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Fleetwood Town
Morecambe
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Notts County
Mansfield Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Preston North End
Shrewsbury Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Scunthorpe United
Chesterfield
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
AFC Wimbledon
Southend United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Cheltenham Town
Oxford United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Crawley Town
Cambridge United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Peterborough United
Leyton Orient
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Stevenage
Gillingham
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Wycombe Wanderers
Coventry City
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Yeovil Town
Portsmouth
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Ballymena
Institute
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Cliftonville
Linfield
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Coleraine
Crusaders
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Dungannon Swifts
Warrenpoint Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Glenavon
Ballinamallard Utd
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Glentoran
Portadown
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Sp. Belgrano
Huracán
7:10 PM GMT
Game Details
Atlético Tucumán
Temperley
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
ABC
CR Vasco da Gama
10:30 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 1
Game Details
Goianiense
Boa MG
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Paraná Clube
Sampaio Correa-MA
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Portuguesa de Desportos
Joinville
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Next
Jun 15, 2014

Messi: Argentina still need to improve

Our panel of soccer experts review the changes Argentina made at half-time that led the Albiceleste to a 2-1 victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Lionel Messi said that while he was ecstatic about his goal in the 65th minute of Argentina's 2-1 World Cup victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina on Sunday, his team still has to do "much to improve."

Messi's magic makes the difference

Messi said the three points were the most important accomplishment in the Group F opener, not his second World Cup goal.

"It's important to win, but we have to improve," the Barcelona star said. "It's not easy because during the first World Cup match you are always anxious and nervous, but we played a great second half and we have to keep it up that way."

Messi himself acknowledged the changes from five in defence to a 4-3-3 formation made it much easier for him and fellow striker Sergio Aguero.

"I was often on my own and so was 'Kun' [Aguero] and it was very difficult, so there are things to be improved on," he said.

"We forwards prefer the system we used in the second half, with more attacking, because we could go out against them with more passing options, although in truth sometimes we suffer a little more," he said. "The first half costs us more because we were behind but what is important is that we won. There are a lot of things we must improve, but I am happy that we began with three points."

Messi said he was astounded by the Argentine fans at Maracana.

"The (fan support) in the stadium was crazy and beautiful," he said.

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella only awarded his team a mark of six out 10 and said his half-time changes to provide more support to Messi had been crucial.

"On balance I would give it a six. We need to improve and part of that is in my hands -- it is up to me.

"The changes at half-time just produced this improvement. They were playing better together and there was more support around Messi. Once Messi received the ball there was better follow-up and better support.

"I think that, whatever happens in this World Cup, he is among the best players in the history of football."

Sabella confirmed that he had taken Aguero off as he had seemed tired rather than because of injury, even though the Manchester City frontman had appeared to be limping.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.