It took Lionel Messi just over an hour in Argentina's World Cup opener against Bosnia-Herzegovina to show why so many fans consider him the best in the world.

After a frustrating first half, the Argentina captain scored in trademark style in the 65th minute on Sunday night, completing a quick 1-2 connection with Gonzalo Higuain and running through defenders before striking a brilliant left-footed shot off the post.

The goal -- only the second for Messi on football's biggest stage -- energized an unimpressive Argentina team that was ahead at that point only because of an early own goal by Bosnia. Vedad Ibisevic scored a close-in goal in the 85th, but Argentina held on to win 2-1 in the Group F match in Rio de Janeiro.

"It's the first game, I was anxious, nervous," Messi said. "It was important to start with a win. We've got to improve certain things, but it was important to start with the three points."

Bosnia got the worst possible start to its first World Cup when Sead Kolasinovic scored an own goal after just three minutes.

France 3, Honduras 0: Karim Benzema scored twice and created a third that was confirmed by goal-line technology as France beat Honduras in Porto Alegre.

In the 48th minute, Benzema latched onto a long ball by Yohan Cabaye, and his shot hit the post and came back across goal before goalkeeper Noel Valladares fumbled it over his own line. With the new technology system confirming the ball crossed the line, referee Sandro Ricci gave the own goal despite Honduran protests.


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  • The World Cup appears to be over for the Earthquakes' Victor Bernardez. The defender suffered a right calf injury in the first half of Honduras' loss to France and was replaced in the second half.

    He told reporters afterward that his situation doesn't look good. "I hope" for the best after a medical exam, Bernardez said in Spanish. "But it isn't easy. It's really bad."

    Switzerland 2, Ecuador 1: Switzerland grabbed a winner with virtually the final kick to earn a victory over Ecuador in Brasilia.

    With just seconds left in the third and final minute of stoppage time, substitute Haris Seferovic finished off a length-of-the-field move by slamming home a close-range shot. After wild Swiss celebrations, Ecuador's shellshocked players barely had time to restart before the final whistle was blown.

    Protests: A motorcycle policeman can be seen on an Associated Press video firing what appeared to be a live pistol round at anti-World Cup protesters near Rio de Janeiro's Maracana soccer stadium.

    During the small but violent and chaotic protest that played out about 1.5 kilometers (1 mile) from the stadium, another man in plainclothes who identified himself as a police officer also pulled a pistol and fired two shots into the air.

    Pedro Dantas, a spokesman for the Rio de Janeiro security secretariat that oversees all security forces, said in a phone interview that if authorities verify the accuracy of the video, "we'll immediately open an investigation into the incident."

    Portugal: Star striker Cristiano Ronaldo declared himself fit and ready to play in Portugal's World Cup opener against Germany on Monday. Ronaldo said he had recovered from a left-knee injury.

    Spain: Goalkeeper David de Gea has a leg injury and could be out for the rest of the World Cup group stage. The Manchester United goalie underwent medical scans that revealed a leg muscle strain, and he is listed as day-to-day.

    Brazil: Striker Hulk left a training session because of a muscle injury in his left leg but said he expects to play Tuesday against Mexico.

    Staff writer Elliott Almond contributed to this report.