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    Argentina - Iran 1:0 (0:0)

    Date Venue / Stadium Time Attendance
    21 June 2014 Belo Horizonte /Estadio Mineirao 13:00 57698
    Match Officials

    FIFA General Coordinator
    DE LUISA Yon (MEX)
    Did not play in Match
    SIEBER Walter (CAN)
    Fifth Official
    RANGE Marwa (KEN)
    Referee
    MAZIC Milorad (SRB)
    Assistant Referee 1
    RISTIC Milovan (SRB)
    Assistant Referee 2
    DJURDJEVIC Dalibor (SRB)
    Fourth Official
    HAUATA Norbert (TAH)

    Total Goals scored

    Lionel MESSI (ARG) 91'


    Argentina

    Iran
    1
    ROMERO (GK)
    12
    A. HAGHIGHI (GK)
    2
    GARAY
    3
    HAJI SAFI (-88')
    4
    ZABALETA
    4
    J. HOSSEINI
    5
    GAGO
    5
    AMIRHOSSEIN
    7
    DI MARIA (-90'+4)
    6
    J. NEKOUNAM (C)
    9
    HIGUAIN (-76')
    7
    MASOUD. SH (-76')
    10
    MESSI (C)
    14
    ANDRANIK
    14
    MASCHERANO
    15
    MONTAZERI
    16
    ROJO
    16
    REZA
    17
    F. FERNANDEZ
    21
    DEJAGAH (-85')
    20
    AGUERO (-76')
    23
    MEHRDAD
    Substitutes Substitutes
    12
    ORION (GK)
    1
    R. AHMADI (GK)
    21
    ANDUJAR (GK)
    22
    DAVARI (GK)
    3
    CAMPAGNARO
    2
    KH. HEYDARI (+76')
    6
    BIGLIA (+90'+4)
    8
    R. HAGHIGHI (+88')
    8
    PEREZ
    9
    ALIREZA (+85')
    11
    M. RODRIGUEZ
    10
    KARIM
    13
    A. FERNANDEZ
    11
    GHASEM. H
    15
    DEMICHELIS
    13
    H. MAHINI
    18
    PALACIO (+76')
    17
    AHMAD
    19
    ALVAREZ
    18
    BAKHTIAR
    22
    LAVEZZI (+76')
    19
    BEIKZADEH
    23
    BASANTA
    20
    BEITASHOUR
    Coach Coach
    SABELLA Alejandro (ARG) QUEIROZ Carlos (POR)

    Cautions

    Javad NEKOUNAM (IRN) 53' , Masoud SHOJAEI (IRN) 73'

    a.e.t.: After extra time (C): Captain PSO: Penalty Shoot-out
    GK: Goalkeeper N: Not eligible to play I: Injured
    Y: Misses next match if booked Pos: Positions A: Absent

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    Messi magic takes Argentina through

    A stunning injury-time goal by Lionel Messi has taken Argentina through to the Round of 16 with a 1-0 win over Iran in Belo Horizonte's Estadio Mineirao. The Barcelona star's late, late winner keeps La Albiceleste top of Group F on six points and leaves the Iranians stuck on one, with Nigeria and Bosnia and Herzegovina set to meet in the section's late kick-off. Prior to Messi's timely intervention, the match had been a tale of domination and frustration for Alejandro Sabella's side, with a goal remaining elusive due to Iran's determined defending. Gonzalo Higuain had been promoted to starting line-up and he started the game well, setting up first Angel Di Maria and then Sergio Aguero for efforts on goal, the second of which forced an acrobatic save from Alireza Haghighi.

    Messi again looked subdued during the opening 45, with his only attempt coming on 33 minutes when he curled a free-kick just over the top right-hand corner. The Argentina captain then set up his team's best chance of the half four minutes later, crossing for Ezequiel Garay, who headed wastefully over from inside the six-yard box. Iran, meanwhile, spent much of the match with all 11 players behind the ball, although they did offer a threat at set-pieces. They could, in fact, have gone into the interval 1-0 up only for Jalal Hosseini to head inches over after rising highest to meet Ashkan Dejagah's outswinging corner.

    Carlos Queiroz's side also carved out a golden opportunity at the start of the second half, when Reza Ghoochannejad's header forced an excellent reflex stop from Sergio Romero after tremendous build-up play by Masoud Shojaei. Romero was again called into action midway through the half, pulling off a magnificent one-handed tip-over after Dejagah had beaten Pablo Zabaleta to bullet a header towards goal.

    Argentina remained the game's dominant force, though, and came close to breaking the deadlock on the hour-mark when Messi surged forward from midfield and curled a left-foot shot just wide of Haghighi's left-hand post. However, their efforts became increasingly desperate as Iran's defence held firm, with Marcos Rojo's wayward long-range effort typical of their speculative late attempts. Indeed, Iran could have snatched a win at the death, with Ghoochannejad racing through and firing in a left-foot shot that was heading for the corner before Romero got across to tip wide.

    Then, however, Messi provided yet another reminder of his genius. Picking up the ball in a seemingly unthreatening position wide on the right, he cut inside and, from 25 yards, curled an unstoppable left-foot shot into the far corner of the net. With 91 minutes showing on the clock, Argentina - thanks again to their incomparable captain - had won.

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    Argentina-Iran: Quotes

    Alejandro Sabella, Argentina coach
    It was very difficult. We had the possession and the control in the first half and we created three clear-cut chances and had a few dead-ball situations too. Iran played a great game. They defended deep and hit us on the counter, creating some good chances. We were tired at the end after exerting so much energy, and it became an end-to-end match, which didnt suit us. Fortunately for us (Sergio) Romero was up to the job. I made the changes to try and open the pitch up and create some space for us. We have to have a good look at what happened and try to improve. We have a few causes for concern.

    Carlos Queiroz, Iran coach
    Im proud of my players because we competed for the whole 90 minutes. The game panned out just as we expected: Argentina had control of the ball and Iran were organised in defence, disciplined and very focused. We tried to deny them space when they attacked, but then I put two strikers on because we wanted to win and you have to take risks if you want to do that. If wed scored, we would probably have made life harder for Argentina. The fact is, though, that Messi can change games just like that. He kept looking and looking and in the end he got his reward.

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