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Argentina 1-0 Iran - World Cup 2014 Match Report

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Lionel Messi’s stunning injury time goal gave Argentina a narrow 1-0 win over Iran as the Albiceleste secured passage to the last 16 of the World Cup. The final score will be a bitter pill to swallow for Carlos Queiroz’s side who were brilliant in their defensive organisation right throughout the ninety minutes.

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Argentina lacked imagination in midfield and looked entirely pedestrian as the Iran defenders doubled up to stop Messi in his free flowing runs from the wings to cut inside the channels.

The Albiceleste started with an attacking 4-3-3 formation but were resorted to crossing from the flanks as Queiroz’s side frustrated them for long spells.

Young left back Marcos Rojo was Argentina’s best attacking outlet from the left wing but the Sporting Lisbon defender could hardly see his crosses met by his fellow strikers up front.

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Iran outfit gave Alejandro Sabella’s side a run for their money and should have had a penalty of their own as Fulham winger Ashkhan Dejagah was brought down by Pabolo Zabaleta late in the second half which the referee failed to spot.

Dejagah however nearly gave his side the lead as he got the better of Zabaleta but his fine goal bound header was denied by the finger tips of Sergio Romero. The Monaco shot stopper also had to keep out Reza Ghoochannejhad’s goal bound effort as Argentina looked shaky at the back. 

However Lionel Messi had the last laugh with a superb winner deep into injury time, saving his side’s blushes, and ensuring Alejandro Sabella’s side ensure progression to the knockout round.

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The Barcelona superstar was not at his best during the match, with him and his side struggling to break down their opponents, but the 26-year-old curled in from the edge of the box to again prove he deserves his place among the very best players on the planet.

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Comments (3)

  1. iran was better than argentina

    and im sure world cup final is not for them!

    we have many good team and argentina was not above average contrast with another good teams

  2. Considering the defensive (aka B.S.) football “strategy” that Quieroz imposes on the Iranian team, and forcing ARG to do everything on the pitch except for maybe mowing the grass or fetching water, I think ARG did a fine job. They were the only people that showed up to actually play. The Quieroz style, all defense, is cowardly and full of tremendous crap. That style deserves all the failures in the world. I feel bad for the Iranian team who has to put up with that nonsense. They are a good team.

    ARG won’t win the tournament, though.

  3. Wicked referee favour argentina team,even messi and all his country fans feel shame to be helped by referee for not giving iran penalty