10 interesting stats ahead of Argentina vs Bosnia and Herzegovina

1 – Bosnia and Herzegovina are the only nation making their debut at the 2014 World Cup.

1 – England are the only nation to beat Argentina in the group stage of any of the previous four World Cups. David Beckham scored the winner from the penalty spot back in 2002.

2 – Argentina have won just 2 of their last 9 World Cup matches against European nations (D4, L3).

10 – Only Robin van Persie (11) scored more goals than Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Edin Džeko in European qualifying.

21 – Lionel Messi has scored 21 goals in 25 games under Alejandro Sabella.

28 – Argentina have the oldest squad at the World Cup, with an average age of 28 years and 336 days.

35 – Argentina were the top scorers in South American qualifying.

43% –10 of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s World Cup squad have played international level (senior or youth) for different countries.10 of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s World Cup squad have played international level (senior or youth) for different countries. They are as follows:

Asmir Begović (Canada U20)
Ermin Bičakčić (Germany U18)
Sead Kolašinac (Germany U20)
Miralem Pjanić (Luxembourg U19)
Zvjezdan Misimović (Yugoslavia U21)
Mensur Mujdža (Croatia U21)
Tino Sušić (Belgium U19)
Haris Medunjanin (Netherlands U21)
Izet Hajrović (Switzerland)
Anel Hadžić (Austria U21)

571 – Lionel Messi has scored 1 goal in 8 World Cup games (571 minutes) heading into this tournament.

1990 – Despite all the talent in their squad, Argentina have not got passed the quarter-final stage of a World Cup since finishing runners-up in 1990.

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