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)

Argentina striker Rodrigo Palacios and defender Jose Basanta looked ahead to Iran test.


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Iran did very well to hold Argentina at bay during the first half and made a couple of good opportunities for themselves. Dejagah was brought down in the Argentina area by Zabaleta early in the second half, but the referee failed to give the penalty. About half way through the second half Dejagah almost scored a brilliant header and it became apparent Iran were having the better of the match. On the 85th minute Reza went through on the Argentine goal after a quick counter-attack but Romero saved. 30 seconds into added time Messi stepped up and scored a fine goal. A real shame for Iran, who should have had a penalty earlier in the game, but they can be proud of a battling performance.

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 Hajisafi
Midfielder Javad Nekounam
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 Hajisafi 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 Karim Ansarifard
Midfielder Hashim Beikzadeh
Midfielder Ghasem Hadadifar
Midfielder Reza Haghighi
Midfielder Khosrow Heydari
Midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh
Midfielder Bakhtiar Rahmani