Argentina vs Iran: Argentina owe it all to Lionel Messi
Argentina manager Alex Sabella declared last night “when you have Messi anything is possible” after the striker scored a last-minute winner to kill off one of the great underdog performances in World Cup history from Iran.
Carlos Queiroz, Iran’s manager, said he had wanted to win the game and claimed he was denied a penalty when Pablo Zabaleta tackled Reza Ghoochannejad, who was through on goal at the end.
“They got the result because they scored and it came from one of the best personalities,” said Queiroz. “It was a brilliant striker. The second personality was the referee because there was a clear penalty and in a game like this the small details make a difference. I’m very happy for my players but I am disappointed.
“You put strikers on the pitch because I wanted to win the match. My wish was to win the game. We needed to win the game. But when Messi is on the pitch he can change the game in a moment. If we had had the penalty, it would not have been so easy for him.”
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes: Manchester United vs Liverpool - I don't understand why Brendan Rodgers was not more attacking against Basel
Jesus Christ plays for Chelsea - that's what one in five children thinks
Transfer Talk: Nemanja Vidic to return to Manchester United; Hazard to leave Chelsea; Sunderland want Radamel Falcao
Frank Warren column: Don't bet on Amir Khan landing pay day against Floyd Mayweather
Manchester United transfer news: Kevin Strootman move edges closer
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more