• Argentina have won nine and lost just one of their last 12 World Cup group games (D2), scoring 24 and conceding just four in total in this run.
  • La Albiceleste have only mustered two wins in their last nine World Cup games against European sides, drawing four and losing three.
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina are the only country making their World Cup debut in 2014. Since 1950, the best record for a side making their debut is third, achieved by Portugal in 1966 and Croatia in 1998.
  • Lionel Messi has only scored one goal in 571 minutes of World Cup football. Indeed only one of his 31 shots in the tournament has found the net.
  • Argentina have won both previous internationals against the Dragons (both friendlies), scoring seven and conceding none.
  • Alejandro Sabella's side scored more goals than any other South American side in qualifying (35).
  • No player was involved in more goals than Edin Dzeko in the European qualifiers (14 – 10 goals, 4 assists).
  • Dzeko and compatriot Vedad Ibisevic both scored four headed goals in qualification; the strike partners scored all eight of Bosnia's headed goals between them.