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Travel to Argentina Argentina vs Travel to Iran Iran in Belo Horizonte.

Match Preview

Argentina and Iran have never met in the World Cup Finals before.

When the two teams met in Madrid, back in 1977, the friendly match ended in a (1:1) draw.

The Match

Argentina will be through to the Second Round if they win this game.

Like waves crashing on a sea wall, Argentina kept Iran under almost constant pressure.

Alireza Haghighi came out well to smother the ball at the feet of Gonzalo Higuain in the 13th minute and received treatment for his bravery.

Angel di Maria charged out of the Argentine half after an Iranian corner, in the 18th minute, then sent the ball out to the left. Montazeri put a stop to Higuain and it was back to the drawing board.

Angel di Maria moved forward for Argentina once more and combined with Higuain to set up Aguero; who was foiled by Alireza Haghighi.

Iran weren't without their forays into the Argentina half but most of the action was around their own penalty area; Ezequiel Garay heading over the bar, in the 36th minute, from a Lionel Messi free-kick.

Shortly before the break, Iran had another chance from an Ashkan Dejagah corner; headed over the bar by Jalal Hosseini.

Half-time: Argentina 0 - Iran 0

At the start of the second half, Iran missed a good chance to score through Reza and then had a close penalty call turned down.

Iran started to show belief that they had a chance and even demonstrated skills normally reserved for their South American opponents as the continued to ask questions of Argentina's defence.

The home support were excited and started to get behind Iran.

Again, in the 67th minute, Sergio Romero had to touch Ashkan Dejagah's superb header over the bar; after the Iranian muscled in front of Pablo Zabaleta, to get to the ball first.

Angel di Maria tried to get back into the rhythm he showed in the first-half, while Messi continued in his cameo role.

By the 82nd minute, Iran had all their red shirts back and played with determination to keep Argentina from scoring.

Defending a corner in the 86th minute, Iran again showed great enthusiasm in the counter attack and Reza Ghoochannejhad may have felt a little unlucky after holding off two defenders and getting his shot in from the left; perhaps his legs were tiring.

Goalscorers 1:0
All in all, a terrific, spirited display by the Iranians; undone during the start of injury time when Lionel Messi was left with enough space on the right edge of the area, to push the ball to the right of his defender and get his foot around the to win the match for Argentina.

Just when Messi looked out of the game, he sparked into life and displayed a masterclass move to wrong-foot his defender and curl the ball beyond the reach of Haghighi.

The Route to the 2014 World Cup Final looks good from here.

Final Score: Argentina 1 - Iran 0

1:0 - Lionel Messi (90+1 mins)


Travel to Argentina Argentina:
1-Sergio Romero; 4-Pablo Zabaleta, 2-Ezequiel Garay, 17-Federico Fernandez, 16-Marcos Rojo; 5-Fernando Gago, 14-Javier Mascherano, 7-Angel di Maria; 20-Sergio Aguero, 10-Lionel Messi, 9-Gonzalo Higuain.

Travel to Iran Iran:
12-Alireza Haghighi; 15-Pejhman Montazeri, 4-Jalal Hosseini, 5-Amir Hossein Sadeqi, 23-Mehrdad Pooladi; 7-Masoud Shojaei, 14-Andranik Teymourian, 6-Javad Nekounam, 3-Ehsan Hajsafi, 21-Ashkan Dejagah; 16-Reza Ghoochannejhad.

2014 World Cup Referees Referee: Milorad Mazic - Serbia Travel to Serbia

Yellow Cards 2 yellow cards:
52 mins - Javad Nekounam (Iran)
72 mins - Masoud Shojaei (Iran)

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First Round

Thursday, 12th June
Brazil vs Croatia

Friday, 13th June
Chile vs Australia
Mexico vs Cameroon
Spain vs Netherlands

Saturday, 14th June
Colombia vs Greece
Côte d'Ivoire vs Japan
England vs Italy
Uruguay vs Costa Rica

Sunday, 15th June
Argentina vs Bosnia
France vs Honduras
Switzerland vs Ecuador

Monday, 16th June
Germany vs Portugal
Ghana vs USA
Iran vs Nigeria

Tuesday, 17th June
Belgium vs Algeria
Brazil vs Mexico
Russia vs South Korea

Wednesday, 18th June
Australia vs Netherlands
Cameroon vs Croatia
Spain vs Chile

Thursday, 19th June
Colombia vs Côte d'Ivoire
Japan vs Greece
Uruguay vs England

Friday, 20th June
Honduras vs Ecuador
Italy vs Costa Rica
Switzerland vs France

Saturday, 21st June
Argentina vs Iran
Germany vs Ghana
Nigeria vs Bosnia

Sunday, 22nd June
Belgium vs Russia
South Korea vs Algeria
USA vs Portugal

Monday, 23rd June
Australia vs Spain
Cameroon vs Brazil
Croatia vs Mexico
Netherlands vs Chile

Tuesday, 24th June
Costa Rica vs England
Greece vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs Uruguay
Japan vs Colombia

Wednesday, 25th June
Bosnia vs Iran
Ecuador vs France
Honduras vs Switzerland
Nigeria vs Argentina

Thursday, 26th June
Algeria vs Russia
Portugal vs Ghana
South Korea vs Belgium
USA vs Germany

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