Argentina Vs Iran, Group F - Live Score

SATURDAY 21ST JUNE - 9:30PM (LOCAL) | ESTADIO MINEIRãO, BELO HORIZONTE

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Argentina Iran

Argentina: Argentina come into the tournament with a very balanced squad and should breeze through the group stage. Lionel Messi will look to add to his World Cup tally of a solitary goal. On paper, they have one of the best sides in the tournament and the team is peaking at the right time. Argentina is one of the pre-tournament favourites and with players like Angel Di Maria, Javier Mascherano, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain we won’t doubt the football pundits.

Iran: Iran is back at the world cup finals after a period of eight years. They were knocked out of the tournament the group stages in 2006 world cup and coach Carlos Queiroz will be hoping to clear the first hurdle this time around in Brazil. Bookies have placed a better bet on them to reach the finals compared to Costa Rica and Honduras tells us that they can cause those odd upsets.

Head-to-Head

Total Matches Played: 1

Argentina 0 Win, Iran 0 Win, 1 Draw

Commentary

(174 Mins)

FULL-TIME - Argentina 1 - 0 Iran (Messi)

(173 Mins)

There is a cracking atmosphere in Belo Horizonte now. The Argentinian fans have erupted in celebration. A deafening noise is echoing across the stadium.

(170 Mins)

There was only man that could break the gridlock: Leo Messi. La Pulga skips past Ghoochannejad, adjusts the ball with his left foot and whips an extraordinary curling shot past Haghighi. That was a piece of magic from Messi.

(169 Mins)

GOAL - Argentina 1 - 0 Iran (Messi)

(169 Mins)

There will be four minutes of stoppage time.

(168 Mins)

Argentina are losing the plot now. Their passing is getting increasingly sloppy and they cannot find a way to break down the solid Iranian defence.

(167 Mins)

Final substitution for Iran. R. Haghighi takes the place of Haji Safi

(164 Mins)

Chance for Iran. Jahan Bakhsh is extremely fast on the counter attack and breaks through the Argentinian backline. He only has the goalkeeper to deal with, but his curling shot is weak and can be parried away by Romero.

(164 Mins)

Queiroz brings on fresh forces. Jahan Bakhsh comes on for Dejagah

(162 Mins)

The Iranians have been stifling Argentinas attack perfectly so far. Will they manage to come away from Belo Horizonte with one precious point?

(161 Mins)

Rojo has a good opportunity from 25 metres, but he slices the ball and swings it way off target.

(159 Mins)

Messi playes a through ball down the right flank for Zabaleta who is bursting into the box. But the Argentinian cannot connect with the ball as Haghighi dives down to collect it.

(158 Mins)

The Iranians are keeping nine players inside their own box. They are desperately trying to hold on to this incredible result. There are just under ten minutes left to play.

(157 Mins)

It is a special day for Mascherano. The Argentinian player has won his 100th cap.

(155 Mins)

Double substitution for Argentina. Sabella shakes up the South Americans attack. Palacio replaces Higuain and Lavezzi comes on for Aguero.

(155 Mins)

Shojaei comes off and is replaced by Heydari.

(153 Mins)

The game has been stopped, as Teymourian is lying on the ground injured. The Iranian is clutching his ankle and might not be able to continue.

(152 Mins)

Messi tries to surprise the keeper whipping the free kick into the near post. The ball floats above the wall and goes just wide of the left hand post.

(151 Mins)

Shojaei brings down Di Maria on the corner of the area as the Argentinian tries to zig-zag his way into the box.

(149 Mins)

Romero makes a diving save to clear a dangerous ball away. Iran have been very close to scoring the opening goal.

(148 Mins)

Iran are gaining momentum and are troubling the South Americans with their quick counter-attacks.

(145 Mins)

CLOSE. Dejagah bursts in front of Zabaleta to get on the end of a beautiful cross and sends a precise header towards the top left corner. Romero manages to deflect the ball away with his fingertips.

(144 Mins)

Iran are coming forward with attacking intent now. They are starting to realise that they have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to pull off an historic World Cup upset.

(143 Mins)

On the resulting corner, the Argentinian defence scrambles to clear the ball away.

(142 Mins)

Haji Safi fires a powerful shot from long range. The ball is deflected by an Argentinian defender for a corner kick.

(141 Mins)

Iran coach Queiroz protests with the referee after Dejagah was brought down in the Argentinian area.

(138 Mins)

Messi collects a loose ball at the halfway line and sprints away from two Iranian players. La Pulga gets a curling shot away, but the ball rolls wide of the left post.

(137 Mins)

Dejagah is brought down by Zabaleta inside the area. The Argentinian player got away with what was a tackle worthy of a penalty.

(134 Mins)

Having taken a look at a couple of replays, it appears that a penalty should have been given to Iran. Zabaleta made a lunging tackle in an attempt to clear the ball away and caught Dejagah in the box.

(134 Mins)

Nekounam is the first player to go into the referees book.

(133 Mins)

Iran are appealing for a penalty very strongly. The referee is not going to award them one though.

(131 Mins)

Chance for Iran. Reza runs in front of his marker to collect a floating cross trying to head it past Romero. The Argentinian keeper parries the ball away and keeps Argentina afloat.

(130 Mins)

There is a very special guest in Belo Horizonte today. Argentina legend Diego Maradona is watching on from the stands.

(128 Mins)

Messi dribbles away from three Iranian players before releasing the ball to his right hand side for Zabaleta. The Argentinian defender attempts a curling shot from the edge of the box, but he sends the ball wide.

(126 Mins)

It has been a very slow start to the second half. Argentina are dictating the game, but they do not want to increase the tempo yet.

(125 Mins)

Neither of the two coaches has made any substitution at half time.

(124 Mins)

Argentina get us back underway.

(122 Mins)

The teams are walking back onto the pith for the second half. The Iranians are doing a motivational huddle to boost their confidence.

(116 Mins)

We are waiting to see if Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella is planning to make any change in the South Americans formation. If the Albiceleste wish to find an opener, they would probably need to stretch the oppositions defence wide hoping to break it down with more ease that way.

(113 Mins)

The only chances Argentina had in the first half came from set-pieces. Their frequent headers, however, have not been precise enough to trouble Irans keeper Haghighi.

(109 Mins)

Irans defensive strategy has served them perfectly in this first half. The Persians Stars have been sitting very deep at the back doubling on any Argentinian players that manages to get a touch on the ball. The South Americans attack has been successfully stifled and, as a result, the likes of Messi and Aguero are getting increasingly nervous and frustrated.

(108 Mins)

HALF-TIME - Argentina 0 - 0 Iran

(107 Mins)

Haji Safi fires a floating volley towards Romeros goal, but he cannot find the target.

(106 Mins)

There will be two minutes of stoppage time.

(105 Mins)

Argentina are on the front foot again. Fernandez attempts to head the ball towards Haghighi, but he lacks precision and sends it high and wide.

(102 Mins)

Chance for Iran. Hassaini is on the end of a very precise corner kick and tries to smash the ball past Romero with a powerful header. He narrowly misses the target, but this is much better from Iran.

(100 Mins)

Argentina are starting to lose their patience as they rush their passes forward with a lack of accuracy. Irans strategy has been working well so far.

(98 Mins)

Messi is visibly frustrated after missing the target on a free kick from a dangerous position.

(96 Mins)

Chance for Argentina. Messi curls a beautiful free kick into the box. Garay is unmarked and gets a free header away, but he cannot beat Haghighi from close range. He could have done better from that position.

(95 Mins)

Iran are starting to come forward a little bit more often. However, their passing is not very precise and they struggle to retain possession when they enter the final third.

(92 Mins)

Messi flips the free kick over the wall, but he cannot find the target and sends the ball wide over the bar.

(91 Mins)

Messi is caught by Teymourian on the edge of the box. Great opportunity for Argentina from the free kick.

(89 Mins)

We are 30 minutes into this game and the score is still 0-0. Many had predicted goals galore for this match, but the Iranian defence is holding firm and frustrating every Argentinian attack.

(87 Mins)

Haghighi makes a spectacular save to clear Agueros powerful strike.

(85 Mins)

The Argentinians are on a very positive spell at the moment. The South Americans are venturing more often in the Iranian defence, which seem to be starting to crumble under their pressure.

(84 Mins)

Close. Rojo leaps high and finds himself on the end of a precise corner kick. The Argentinian heads the ball just wide of the right post.

(82 Mins)

Lovely interplay between Higuain and Aguero in the Iranian box. Aguero gets a curling shot away, but Haghighi pulls off a flying save to push the ball away.

(80 Mins)

Argentina find some space in the opposite half and break away on the counter attack. Higuain collects the ball on the edge of the box, but his touch is off and the Iranian defence can easily clear

(79 Mins)

A. Haghighi blocks a shot from Higuain with his legs before the ball finds its way into the back of the net.

(77 Mins)

Lionel Messi holds off two Iranian players trying to dispossess him.

(75 Mins)

Argentina are upping the pressure on the stubborn Iranian defence.

(73 Mins)

Argentina get a chance. Higuain runs in behind the Iranian backline and anticipates the incoming Haghighi. The Argentinian attempts to slot the ball through the keepers legs, but Haghighi manages to block it.

(71 Mins)

Di Maria manages to break down the Iranian defence on the left hand side before whipping in a brilliant cross. The ball is headed away by Sadeghi before Higuain can send it past Haghighi.

(69 Mins)

Ghoochannejad gets a talking-to from the Serbian referee after making a couple of heavy challenges at the start of the game

(68 Mins)

Every single Iranian player is stationed in his own half at the moment trying to thwart Argentinas attacking threats. Will they manage to defend this way for 90 minutes?

(66 Mins)

Today’s game marks a special anniversary for Iran. In fact, exactly 16 years ago the Persian Stars stunned the USA 2-1 to win what had been billed as ‘the mother of all games’.

(63 Mins)

As it was anticipated, Argentina are retaining most of the possession, while Iran are sitting very deep with ten men behind the ball hoping to hit on the break.

(62 Mins)

Iran have started the game in a fairly aggressive mode. We are just two minutes in and we have already seen a few hefty challenges.

(60 Mins)

Iran get this game underway. There is a cracking atmosphere in Belo Horizonte today.

(55 Mins)

The teams are heading out onto the pitch waiting for the national anthems. We are just a couple of minutes away from kick off.

(54 Mins)

Having scored the winner against Bosnia, Lionel Messi has lifted some of the pressure that was put on him coming into this tournament. Will he prove decisive once again in today’s game?

(52 Mins)

TEAM NEWS - IRAN: In their opening 90 minutes the ‘Persian stars’ managed just one shot on target and 30% of possession; stats that give a clear indication of their unashamedly defensive mindset. Their solid and organised backline composed of five men proved a major challenge for the Nigerian forwards. Will the likes of Messi and Higuain have more luck in breaking it down today?

(52 Mins)

TEAM NEWS - ARGENTINA: After starting off against Bosnia with an unusual 3-5-2 formation with little success, today coach Sabella has decided to revert back to Argentina’s traditional 4-3-3 line-up. As a result, Gonzalo Higuain is back spearheading their attack with Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero behind him ready to seize on the space the Napoli striker creates around the box with their pace and creativity.

(50 Mins)

Iran - Starting XI (4-4-1-1): Haghighi, Haji Safi, Hosseini, Sadeghi, Nekounam (c), Shojaei, Timotian, Montarezi, Ghoochannejad, Dejagah, Pooladi.

(48 Mins)

Argentina - Starting XI (4-3-3): Romero, Garay, Zabaleta, Gago, Di Maria, Higuain, Messi (c), Mascherano, Rojo, F. Fernandez, Aguero.

(47 Mins)

Iran come into today’s match on the back of a draw against Nigeria, in what it has been widely described as one of the most uninspiring games of the World Cup. The Iranians, however, deserve credit for reaching this level despite all the impediments that came into their way in the run up to the tournament.

(46 Mins)

Following a hard-earned 2-1 victory over Bosnia in their World Cup debut, Argentina sit alone at the top of group F. If they were to pick up a second consecutive win against Iran this afternoon, the South Americans would secure their passage in the knockout stages with one game to spare.

(43 Mins)

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Group F game between Argentina and Iran. We are just over 15 minutes away from kick-off.

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