Jun 21, 2014 at 5pm UK at ​Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte
Argentina
1-0
IranIran
Messi (90')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Nekounam (53'), Shojaei (72')

Carlos Queiroz proud of brave Iran

Argentina's forward and captain Lionel Messi celebrates scoring during the Group F football match between Argentina and Iran at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil on June 21, 2014
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Iran coach Carlos Queiroz says that he is proud of his team for their battling performance in the 1-0 defeat to Argentina.

Carlos Queiroz has said that he is proud of his Iran team for their resolute performance in the slender 1-0 defeat to Argentina in the World Cup.

The Middle Eastern outfit were minutes away from earning a hard-fought point against one of the pre-tournament favourites in Belo Horizonte this evening.

However, Lionel Messi came to the fore in timely fashion and fired an injury-time winner to send Alejandro Sabella's side into the last 16.

"I'm proud of my players because we competed for the whole 90 minutes," he told FIFA.com at full time.

"We tried to deny them space when they attacked, but then I put two strikers on because we wanted to win and you have to take risks if you want to do that.

"The fact is, though, that Messi can change games just like that. He kept looking and looking and in the end he got his reward."

The Iranians conclude their campaign by facing Bosnia-Herzegovina on Wednesday.

Iran's defender Jalal Hosseini and Argentina's forward Sergio Aguero vie for the ball during the Group F football match between Argentina and Iran at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil on June 21, 201
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