Argentina v Iran, 21 June 2014

Score1-0 to Argentina
RefereeMilorad Mažić
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals group F
VenueEstadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte
Attendance57,698
Kick-off 1.00pm local (5.00pm BST) Man of the Match: Lionel Messi (Argentina) Assistant referees: Milovan Ristić (Serbia) Dalibor Đurđević (Serbia) Fourth official: Norbert Hauata (Tahiti) Fifth official: Aden Range (Kenya) The two teams had met in one previous match, in a friendly in 1977, won on penalties by Argentina after a 1–1 draw. In a match where Argentina dominated in terms of possession and shots, they scored the only goal one minute into second half injury time when Lionel Messi received a pass from Ezequiel Lavezzi on the right wing, dribbled inside and curled a left-footed shot past the outstretched hands of the Iranian keeper Alireza Haghighi. Before the goal, Iran had chances to score, but Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero was able to save Ashkan Dejagah's header and Reza Ghoochannejhad's shot, and Dejagah also had a penalty appeal turned down when Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta tackled him in the area but only just got his toe to the ball. With the win, Argentina were guaranteed to advance to the knockout stage. Two days after the match, the Iranian Football Federation filed an official complaint to FIFA over Mažić's refereeing. Signed by the Federation's general secretary Mehdi Mohammad Nabi, among other things it read, "Unfortunately the referee’s mistake altered the outcome of the game and helped the Argentine side edge past us".

1  Argentina

Manager: Alejandro Sabella

0  Iran

Manager: Carlos Queiroz

Goals:

Lionel Messi 90 G

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Sergio Romero
Defender Ezequiel Garay
Defender Marcos Rojo
Defender Pablo Zabaleta
Midfielder Angel Di Maria
Midfielder Fernando Gago
Midfielder Javier Mascherano
Midfielder/Forward Lionel Messi (captain)
Forward Sergio Agüero
Forward Gonzalo Higuain

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi
Defender Jalal Hosseini
Defender Pejman Montazeri
Defender Mehrdad Pooladi
Midfielder Ehsan Hajsafi
Midfielder Javad Nekounam (captain)
Midfielder Masoud Shojaei
Midfielder Andranik Teymourian
Midfielder/Forward Ashkan Dejagah

Substitutions:

Rodrigo Palacio for Gonzalo Higuain 77
Ezequiel Lavezzi for Sergio Agüero 77
Lucas Biglia for Angel Di Maria 90

Substitutions:

Khosrow Heydari for Masoud Shojaei 77
Alireza Jahanbakhsh for Ashkan Dejagah 85
Reza Haghighi for Ehsan Hajsafi 88

Cards:

Cards:

Javad Nekounam 53 Y
Masoud Shojaei 73 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Mariano Andujar
Goalkeeper Agustin Orion
Defender Jose Basanta
Midfielder Ricardo Alvarez
Midfielder Lucas Biglia
Midfielder Augusto Fernández
Midfielder Enzo Perez
Midfielder Maxi Rodriguez
Forward Hugo Campagnaro
Forward Rodrigo Palacio

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Rahman Ahmadi
Goalkeeper Daniel Davari
Defender Ahmad Alenemeh
Defender Hossein Mahini
Midfielder Hashim Beikzadeh
Midfielder Ghasem Hadadifar
Midfielder Reza Haghighi
Midfielder Khosrow Heydari
Midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh
Midfielder Bakhtiar Rahmani
Midfielder/Forward Karim Ansarifard