Messi gives Ar­gentina 1-0 Cup win over Iran

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

BELO HOR­I­ZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Lionel Messi fi­nally found a way through Iran’s de­fen­sive wall with a su­perb goal in stop­page time to give Ar­gentina a 1-0 vic­tory on Satur­day and a place in the World Cup knockout stages.

Iran had de­fended solidly through­out the game and also took the match to Ar­gentina in the sec­ond half, cre­at­ing sev­eral chances to win the Group F match and cause a tour­na­ment sen­sa­tion.

But Iran was pun­ished for those missed chances when Messi picked up the ball about 20 yards (me­ters) out and smacked a shot into the left hand cor­ner.

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