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Bosnia Coach: Stage Fright Cost Us Against Argentina

  • Reuters, Monday, June 16, 2014 11:13 AM

Bosnia-Herzegovina coach Safet Susic said his team paid the price for stage fright in its opening World Cup game against Argentina, which the favorite won, 2-1, thanks to a moment of brilliance from star player Lionel Messi. The Bosnians rarely looked second-best against the Albiceleste, but were ultimately made to pay for an unlucky Sead Kolasinac own goal and a fantastic second from Messi, before St. Louis University alum Vedad Ibisevic pulled one back late in the game.

"As I said yesterday the objective was to make it as difficult as we can for Argentina, the favorites to win the World Cup, and I think we played well in both halves," Susic said in his post-game press conference. "When you play Argentina you have to play well and also have a great deal of luck. It was only because of the psychological pressure that we looked as if we had run out of steam a little bit in the closing stages.”

He added: "We hope that the goal we scored will mean a lot to us in the upcoming games. We will probably need to amass four or even six points to go through but I told the lads this wasn't the crucial match. I am convinced that we still have everything to play for. Watching Argentina is one thing but playing against them is another. They are a great team with outstanding individuals and we definitely have no regrets."

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