Critics question Bosnia coach's decision to bench Ibisevic

Critics question Bosnia coach's decision to bench Ibisevic

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Bosnia-Hercegovina's forward Vedad Ibisevic (back) reacts as he scores during the Group F football match between Argentina and Bosnia Hercegovina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio De Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 16 at 12:21 PM

After falling to Argentina 2-1 in Sunday’s Group F match-up, Bosnia coach Safet Susic was quizzed about his tactics.

Among the criticisms was the decision to not start dangerous forward Vedad Ibisevic, who moved to St. Louis in 2000 and starred as a freshman at Saint Louis University.

Ibisevic came on four minutes after Lionel Messi scored to  cut Argentina’s lead in half.

“I don’t regret what I did,” Susic said. “I told him (Ibisevic) that playing against Argentina I cannot play two attackers. And besides in the midfield we have very offensive-minded players. Playing two strikers (from the start) would have been very risky.”

Argentina plays Iran on Saturday in Group F, and Bosnia plays Nigeria.

The match was the first World Cup game at the Maracana since Brazil lost to Uruguay in the final round of the 1950 tournament, which remains a deep wound in Brazilian football history. The July 13 World Cup final will also be held at the Maracana.

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