With a 1-0 win over Lithuania, Bosnia-Herzegovina has won Group G to qualify for its first World Cup and secured a place in the friendly match against Lionel Messi and Argentina that will take place on November 18 at 7:30 p.m. (CT) at Busch Stadium.
Hometown hero and former St. Louis University player Vedad Ibevsic's 68th-minute goal was the differentiator in Tuesday's contest, vaulting the Bosnian squad into first place in the group and securing their place in Brazil. The former Billiken has eight goals in ten World Cup qualifying matches, second on the team only behind Edin Dzeko with ten.
Lionel Messi leads his Argentinean squad into St. Louis as the team leader in goals with ten through qualification. Messi is the recipient of the inaugural FIFA Ballon d'Or in 2010, and then received the honor again in 2011 & 2012. The 26 year old is highly regarded as the best footballer of this generation, becoming Barcelona's all-time top scorer in all official club competitions at the age of 24. At age 25, Messi became the youngest player to score 200 La Liga goals.
The match marks the second soccer match at Busch Stadium following Manchester City's 4-3 win over rivals Chelsea on May 23, 2013 in front of a capacity crowd of 48, 263. Tickets to the match start at $40 and are currently on sale at cardinals.com/soccer .
Argentina, recently qualified to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The team currently leads South American World Cup qualifying with one match remaining. The team has won the World Cup twice and also features top players such as Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid) and Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli).
The Bosnians are led by Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, Miralem Pjanic from Italian club Roma and Vedad Ibevsic who currently plays for Stuttgart in Germany.
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