Starting lineup: Argentina: Romero – Zabaleta, Garay, Federico Fernandez, Rojo – Gago, Mascherano, Di Maria – Aguero, Messi, Higuain. Subs: Orion, Campagnaro, Biglia, Perez, Maxi Rodriguez, Augusto Fernandez, Demichelis,


Shoes, uniforms and souvenir flags are ready for Messi to use when he steps onto the Mineirao field.


On June 21, 16 years ago, at the 1998 World Cup, Iran won its first victory in the history of participating in the world football festival by defeating the United States 2-1 at St Gerland Stadium, Lyon, France.



CONFRONTATION Argentina and Iran have only met each other once, since 1977, when the two teams participated in the quartet tournament to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of Real Madrid Club.


The game begins.


Dejagah took a free kick from the left. Argentina’s defense was weak, allowing an Iranian player to escape, but he missed the header, when only goalkeeper Romero was left in front.


An Iranian female fan shines in the stands at Mineirao Stadium.


Argentina is playing football in Iran’s field.


Higuain failed to eat when trying to make a needle shot through the gap between Haghighi’s legs.


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– This is the first time Argentina and Iran have met at a World Cup.

– The only time the two teams have ever met in history was a friendly match that ended with a score of 1-1 on March 22, 1977 in Madrid, Spain.

– In the history of World Cups, Iran has only once faced a representative from South America.

– In the last 13 matches at the biggest playground on the planet, Argentina won 10, lost one, drew two, had 26 shots on goal and conceded five goals.

– Argentina has won five of its last six matches at the World Cup.

– Iran has won just one out of 10 matches at World Cups.

– The last two goals Iran scored at the World Cup both came from corner kicks in 2006.

Five of Iran’s last nine goals at the most attractive playground on the planet were all scored with their heads.