ARGENTINA 1 – 0 IRAN
This game was surprisingly low scoring, considering the players in Argentina’s squad. Iran maybe had a chance with their star striker too but never managed to get onto the score sheet.
Iran would play quite defensively, but Argentina would have a few chances and attack as much as they could. They looked dangerous, but even Messi looked like never managing to put the ball into the net, while having some chances that went close but not close enough to increase the scoreline. Pablo Zabaleta, Marcus Rojo, Ezekiel Garay, Gonzalo Higuain and Angel de Maria would also try their luck but with no success.
There was a nice header from Fulham striker Ashkan Dejagah which needed the quick reactions of the Argentina goalkeeper to deny him his goal.
The game would continue with attack after attack, as the Argentinians seemed determined to win this game, but kept missing the target or good goalkeeping would deny them… until the 91st minute.
4 minutes of extra time was declared and the game looked like it was headed for a 0-0 draw. Lionel Messi would save Argentina in the 1st minute of extra time with a powerful shot from about 18 yards or so and accurate enough to sail past the goalkeeper who stretched out his hand and dived in the right direction, only to watch it smash right past him into the net behind him as it sailed into the top left corner.
KEY PLAYERS: Messi was the man who grabbed all three points for Argentina all by himself almost, as the score could easily have ended in a goalless draw.
Dejagah was on form but got denied by the Argentina goalkeeper, who kept him from scoring.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family, including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red. I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.
I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.