Nigeria or Iran will progress to World Cup last 16 via a coin toss if both finish with identical Group F records

( | Mail Online – World Cup Group F could be decided by picking names out of a hat or a coin toss – if Iran and Nigeria finish level behind Argentina. Ahead of the final round of group stage games, 1-0 wins for Argentina against Nigeria and for Iran against Bosnia would leave the

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Iran World Cup star Ashkan Dejagah unsure of Fulham future

( | The Daily Star – Ashkan Dejagah is desperate for another World Cup super show – so he can stay in the Premier League. The Fulham attacker was seconds away from helping Iran stun Argentina on Saturday in Belo Horizonte, before Lionel Messi’s late winner. It was a performance which put the 27-year-old in the

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Messi’s goal cannot hide reality

Belo Horizonte, Brazil – Lionel Messi scored an injury-time goal that gave Argentina a by-then-unexpected win over Iran, but he only found the net after another lacklustre performance. “When you have Messi, anything is possible,” Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella said after the game. While the goal appears to support that view, it is a fact

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Carlos Queiroz blasts referee, “How can this guy sleep tonight, or for the rest of his life?”

(AP) — Iran coach Carlos Queiroz questioned how the referee in Saturday’s 1-0 World Cup loss to Argentina will be able to sleep at night after ignoring claims for a penalty. Referee Milorad Mazic didn’t point to the spot when Argentina right back Pablo Zabaleta challenged Ashkan Dejagah in the second half as the midfielder

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Stopping Lionel Messi? Iran boss Carlos Queiroz knows just how to do it

(London Evening Standard) – The arch-realist in Carlos Queiroz refused to downplay the scale of the task. The Iran coach was never going to try the usual manager trick of talking about it as just another game. Quite the opposite. “Our match with Argentina will be the most important and biggest in Iran’s history,” Queiroz

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Messi wants more offensive Argentina against Iran

(AP) BELO HORIZONTE, June 20 — Argentina captain Lionel Messi believes coach Alejandro Sabella has to back his side’s attacking capabilities and include him among a front three when they face Iran on Sunday in Belo Horizonte. Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain is expected to return to Sabella’s starting line-up as the two-time winners look to

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