Lionel Messi's Last Gasp Goal Takes Argentina into Last 16

Lionel Messi scored in the stoppage time as Argentina defeated Iran 1-0 and qualified for the last 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

updated: June 21, 2014 23:50 IST
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Messi had an average game till he exploded in the dying stages to bring the deadlock as Argentina went through to the last 16.

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Belo Horizonte, Brazil: Lionel Messi scored a superb goal in stoppage time to give Argentina a 1-0 victory over Iran on Saturday and secure his team's place in the second round of the World Cup.

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 curled a shot into the left hand corner.

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