Another Messi win for Argentina

June 21, 2014 at 8:29 pm
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, Argentina, Argentina News, Iran, Iran News, News

Lionel Messi (R) of Argentina celebrates his 1-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2014 group F preliminary round match between Argentina and Iran at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 21 June 2014.
Lionel Messi (R) of Argentina celebrates his 1-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2014 group F preliminary round match between Argentina and Iran at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 21 June 2014.

The Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte hosted Argentina and Iran in both team’s second clash at the 2014 FIFA World Cup where Argentina beat Iran 1-0 after a lengthy game which looked equal for the most part.

Iran, who played to a goalless draw against Nigeria in their first game, came to this game as the underdogs needing a win to keep their World Cup hopes alive.

A tight first half saw Iran defending and seldom on attack, this limited the expectations of a land slide defeat for the Asians.

Both coaches chose to not change their starting XI’s when returning from the half time break and this was no surprise as the Iranians came in to the match hoping for a draw or a unlikely win against their opponents.

A nervous moment among the few in the Argentinean defence almost saw Iranian attacking midfielder Ashkan Dejagah score from a header, but Sergio Romero – the Argentinean goal minder – was well positioned and made a brilliant finger tip save.

Midfielder Masoud Shojaei almost gave Argentina a opener in the 72nd minute after taking down Ángel di María outside the 18 yard box. Lionel Messi stepped up to take the freekick but his shot was just wide.

The Iranians looked to be gaining momentum and threatening the Argentinean defence, but it was in the 93rd minute that the breakthrough came for Argentina through Messi’s 20 yard curler that alluded both the defenders and the goalkeeper.

The Game ended 1-0 and secured Argentina’s place in the last 16.

Lebogang Mokoena


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