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World Cup (Group Stage) Match Preview: Argentina vs. Iran

World Cup (Group Stage) Match Preview: Argentina vs. Iran

Match Date: 21 June 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte

(Featured Image: Argentina | Source: FIFA)

 

It has been more than three decades since Argentina and Iran first engaged in a pitch brawl. Much have changed since that meeting and both sides are now ranked at or near the top of their respective regional (CONMEBOL, AFC) confederations.

 

Argentina

While they may have obtained the crucial three points to dominate their Group, Argentina were far from their usual form. The 2-1 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina was thrilling in many parts but fell short of a truly spectacular show. As predicted, star player Messi scored. An early own goal by the Bosnians doubled the lead for Albiceleste. The match almost looked to end in a clean sheet but Vedad Ibisevic succeeded in earning a late rally to prevent them from exiting the pitch goalless. If not for that mistaken shot in the third minute, the fixture could have ended in a draw—which would have been embarrassing considering that Argentina have long been the favorites while Bosnia are only campaigning for their very first appearance in the World Cup.

 

Iran

Asia’s top national squad as per FIFA rankings failed to make significant impression in their tourney against African giants Nigeria. The goalless draw may not be necessarily bad especially when considering how idle Iran’s pre-final friendlies have been. However, it wasn’t okay either as they needed so much more in order to secure berth in the knockout stage. Nevertheless, the defensive show they displayed was commendable and Nigeria were lucky to come off the match with one point.

 

World Cup betting tip: Argentina will obtain a second consecutive triumph.

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