FIFA World Cup: Passionate Iran Fans Hail Team for Fighting Argentina

Iran waged a brave battle against FIFA World Cup favourites Argentina before Lionel Messi struck the winner in stoppage time to leave fans from the middle-east country disappointed yet proud of the overall effort.

updated: June 22, 2014 13:16 IST
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Iranian fans celebrate their team's splendid fight in a lost cause against Argentina.


Tehran: Passionate Iranian fans held their heads up after a last minute goal from four-time world player of the year Lionel Messi, saw their beloved Team Melli lose 1-0 to Argentina. (Full match report | Match highlights)

But they also felt "robbed" after Iran were denied what looked like a clear penalty when forward Ashkan Dejagah was brought down by Argentine defender Pablo Zabaleta in the penalty box.

"We were robbed," cried an overwhelmed Atieh, dressed in Iran's national shirt.

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