Updated: Monday, 16 June 2014 05:38 | By Agence France-Presse

Higuain on bench for Argentina in Maracana opener

Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain was named on the bench for his side's opening World Cup game against Bosnia-Hercegovina on Sunday, with Sergio Aguero partnering captain Lionel Messi in attack.

Higuain on bench for Argentina in Maracana opener

Argentina's forward Gonzalo Higuain (L) and defender Ezequiel Garay attend a training session at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 14, 2014 - by Juan Mabromata

Higuain has been struggling with an ankle injury for a month and in his absence, coach Alejandro Sabella opted for a 5-3-2 formation that saw Maxi Rodriguez preferred to Fernando Gago in midfield.

Bosnia, appearing at their maiden World Cup, named Sead Kolasinac at left-back after Sejad Salihovic was ruled out by injury for the Group F clash in Rio de Janeiro.

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko was named as a lone striker by coach Safet Susic, in a departure from the 4-4-2 system that Bosnia used in their qualifying campaign.

Sunday's game will be the first World Cup fixture to be played at Rio's iconic 76,804-seater Maracana Stadium since it underwent a multi-million-dollar overhaul to prepare it for the tournament.



Sergio Romero; Pablo Zabaleta, Ezequiel Garay, Hugo Campagnaro, Federico Fernandez, Marcos Rojo; Maxi Rodriguez, Javier Mascherano, Angel Di Maria; Lionel Messi (capt), Sergio Aguero

Coach: Alejandro Sabella (ARG)


Asmir Begovic; Mensur Mujdza, Ermin Bicakcic, Emir Spahic (capt), Sead Kolasinac; Muhamed Besic, Miralem Pjanic; Izet Hajrovic, Zvjezdan Misimovic, Senad Lulic; Edin Dzeko

Coach: Safet Susic (BIH)

Referee: Joel Aguilar (ESA)

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