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World Cup debut on legendary grounds awaits Bosnia-Herzegovina

Bosnia-Herzegovina will make its World Cup debut against a two-time world champion led by one of the greatest players in the game at the legendary Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. It’s not like the Bosnians need smelling salts to get excited for today’s match ( 3 p.m., ESPN) against Argentina and four-time world player of the year Lionel Messi. Bosnia coach Safet Susic said “the very fact that we are here for the first time, that we play a great team, that we are playing against the best player in the world … that’s motivation enough.” The match will also be the first World Cup game at the Maracana since the 1950 tournament. – AP

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