Mexico v Iran, 11 June 2006

Score3-1 to Mexico
RefereeRoberto Rosetti
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals Group D
VenueFrankenstadion, Nurnberg
Attendance41,000
KICK-OFF: 5.00pm BST

3  Mexico

Manager: Ricardo Lavolpe

1  Iran

Manager: Branko Ivankovic

Goals:

Omar Bravo 28 G
Omar Bravo 76 G
Antonio Naelson 79 G

Goals:

Yahya Golmohammadi 36 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez
Defender Mario Mendez
Defender Ricardo Osorio
Defender Carlos Salcido
Defender/Centre back Rafael Márquez (captain)
Midfielder Pavel Pardo
Midfielder Gonzalo Pineda
Midfielder Gerardo Torrado
Forward Jared Borguetti
Forward Omar Bravo

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Ebrahim Mirzapour
Defender Mohamad Nosrati
Defender Rahman Rezaei
Midfielder Hossein Kaebi
Midfielder Ali Karimi
Midfielder Javad Nekounam
Midfielder Andranik Teymourian
Forward Ali Daei (captain)
Forward Vahid Hashemian

Substitutions:

Luis Ernesto Perez for Gerardo Torrado 46
Antonio Naelson for Guillermo Franco 46
Jose Francisco Fonseca for Jared Borguetti 52

Substitutions:

Mehrzad Madanchi for Ali Karimi 63
Arash Borhani for Arash Borhani 81

Cards:

Gerardo Torrado 18 Y
Carlos Salcido 90 Y

Cards:

Javad Nekounam 55 Y

On the bench:

Midfielder Antonio Naelson
Midfielder Luis Ernesto Perez

On the bench:

Midfielder Mehrzad Madanchi
Forward Arash Borhani

Comments:

Mexico are the only team in Group D to have progressed beyond a group stage since the 1966 World Cup. Following Polish-born Germany striker Miroslav Klose, Brazilian born Mexico midfielder Zinha became the second player in the 2006 World Cup finals to score for a country in which he was not born.

Comments:

Two days after Poland broke the record, Iran select their oldest-ever starting line-up for a World Cup finals game. The average age is 28 days and 133 days. At 37 years and 82 days, Ali Daei become Iran's oldest ever player at the World Cup finals. The scorer of 109 international goals beats the record set by Nader Mohammadkhani who was 34 years and 306 days when he played against Germany in the 1998 World Cup at Montpellier. Yahya Golmohammadi became the ninth oldest player to score in the World Cup finals at an age of 35 years and 84 days. The only previous meeting between Mexico and Iran was a friendly in Oakland, California on 9 January 2000. Mexico won 2-1 and Iran's goal was a penalty by Ali Daei.