I will admit it wasn’t what I expected from today as I really wanted to see the team stamped their mark with a solid performance after a not so convincing first game. With the preferred line up plus with a best attacking foursome in the tournament, I was hoping for a goal fest? Okay a two or three at least.
But I also knew that Iran will not be any easy pushover and were determined to make life tough for us right from the start. And they did exactly just that for the first 45 minutes.
When the second half was about to start, was hoping Alejandro SABELLA will make some changes but none happen. The game just took off from where it left before the break.
There was a scary moment when suddenly Iran was looking adventurous and came close of scoring! My heart stopped during those several occasions. We must thank Sergio ROMERO for repaying the faith that SABELLA had in him for this time!
With less than 15 minutes, SABELLA replaced Kun AGUERO and Gonzalo HIGUAIN with Rodrigo PALACIO and Ezequiel LAVEZZI. In a way, there was some improvement but still the Iranian wall still didn’t look like cracking anytime soon.
But as the game was stretching towards the end, it was becoming a one sided affair as Iran were looking good to take this unexpected point.
Then deep into injury time, after receiving the ball from Pablo ZABALETA, Lionel MESSI coming from the right curled a beautifully taken shot with his magical left foot past Iran’s goalkeeper Alireza HAGHIGHI to give Argentina the victory.
As we know by now the win will ensure our passage into the Round of 16 thus giving SABELLA some option to try new players or line up in our last group match against Nigeria. That will be another discussion.
In the meantime, I’ll give you the goal and…..