Argentina 1 - 0 Iran

Match info: World Cup - Gp F at Estadio Mineirao

Date: 21/06/2014 KO: 17:00 Ref: M Mazic Att: 57,698

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Argentina

Lionel Messi 90+1

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Iran


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  • The final whistle blows, and Argentina have won. But it took them more than 90 minutes to find a way through. Iran were resolute in defence but were more than that. They could've had a penalty. Romero had to make two or three saves to keep Argentina level. But Messi produced that one moment of magic to settle it and take his country into the last 16.

    90+5
  • Reza Haghighi launches a long throw into the Argentina penalty area, but the whistle goes for a foul by Sadeqi. Time up.

    90+4
  • Argentina the ones slowing things down now, taking their time over a substitution as Di Maria makes way for Biglia.

    90+3
  • It's cruel on Iran, but Messi - a peripheral figure in this game - has produced a moment of real class to win the game for his country.

    90+2
  • GOAL - MESSI. Heartbreak for Iran. Messi dances away from a challenge and curls a 25-yard strike inside the post. Wonderful goal to rescue Argentina here.

    90+1
  • Into four minutes of added time as Haghighi punches clear a Di Maria cross.

    90+1
  • Palacio fails to control a clever Messi pass, and Iran can see the finish line here.

    89
  • The ball pinballs around the Iran area, but it's Haghighi who comes out on top, gathering the ball and killing a few seconds by tumbling to the ground.

    88
  • Final change for Iran as Reza Haghighi replaces Hajsafi.

    87
  • Chance! Iran launch a counter-attack. Sub Jahanbakhsh clips the ball in behind the back-pedalling defence to release Ghoochannejhad. He just about holds off two defenders and gets his shot away, but Romero parries and then recovers to gather.

    86
  • Corner is worked short and then dinked into the penalty area, but Haghighi is once again alive to the threat and strides out to gather.

    85
  • Jahanbakhsh replaces Dejagah, who's been immense today.

    85
  • Searching cross finds Palacio beyond the far post. He opts to go for goal rather than nod the ball back into the danger are and Haghighi makes the save. Corner to Argentina.

    84
  • Waste. Free-kick floated straight out of play for a goal-kick.

    83
  • Ghoochannejhad wins a pressure-relieving, time-consuming free-kick for Iran.

    83
  • Corner initially cleared by Iran. Rojo goes for glory from 30 yards but his effort is always shaping wide of the upright.

    82
  • Lavezzi skips through a couple of challenges before Pooladi makes a crucial sliding challenge to get the ball behind for a corner.

    82
  • Haghighi out smartly to gather at the feet of Lavezzi.

    81
  • Rojo still full of running down the left for Argentina, and wins a corner.

    80
  • Argentina's other substitute Lavezzi with the cross now from the right, but Sadeqi is there to make the clearance.

    79

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