FIFA World Cup: Argentine Press Hails Lionel Messi the 'Savior'

Lionel Messi's strike in the stoppage time helped giants Argentina beat a determined Iran by a solitary goal in their FIFA World Cup match.

updated: June 22, 2014 16:24 IST
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No sweat: Lionel Messi gestures after scoring the only goal in the match between Argentina and Iran.

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Belo Horizonte: Argentine media showered praise on Lionel Messi after the forward's last-gasp goal against Iran secured the Albiceleste's place in the round of 16 of the FIFA 2014 World Cup. (Complete match report)

La Nacion alluded to pictures on social media of Argentina's players posing alongside Messi post-match, reports Xinhua. (Also read: Passionate Iran fans hail team for gritty fight against Argentina)

"The Flea nailed his shot from an angle to make it 1-0 and seal an undeserved victory against Iran," the Buenos Aires-based Clarin newspaper said.

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