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Messi saves Argentine blushes against Iran

Lionel Messi saved Argentina's blushes with a brilliant stoppage time winner against unheralded Iran at the World Cup to send the South Americans into the last 16.

Sensing an upset might be possible at 0-0, Iran were bolder in the second half. Lone striker Reza Ghoochannejhad broke free in the 53rd minute but shot straight at Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero before Ashkan Dejagah saw a strong header tipped over.

PICTURES: AP and Getty

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