Lionel Messi


Argentina will take on Iran in Group F clash of the 2014 Fifa World Cup at Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte on Saturday.

Where to Watch Live

The kick-off is set for 5pm BST. Live coverage is on ITV 1 and UTV. Radio commentary of the game is available on BBC Radio 5 Live.


Argentina started the World Cup campaign on a bright note by registering a 2-1 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina. Seed Kolasinac's own goal in the third minute gave the South American giants the much needed start to the summer tournament before Barcelona star Lionel Messi doubled the lead seven minutes later.

Bosnia and Herzegovina dominated the game as they had 16 shots, out of which 11 were on target. Argentina, on the other hand had 11 shots, of which only 5 were on target. The Bosnians lost the match as they were not able to convert their chances into goals.

Alejandro Sabella's side had 55% possession in the game. However, Bosnia and Herzegovina pulled one goal in the 85th minute as Vedad Ibisevic netted one his side. Stuttgart forward's late strike was not sufficient for his national team to settle for a draw. Despite the late scare, Argentina managed to seal all three points.

Meanwhile, Iran settled for a goalless draw during their opening fixture against Nigeria. The African nation dominated throughout the game with 63% possession. Nigeria had 10 shots out of which six of them were on target, while the Asian side had only seven, where they managed to have only three on target.

The result went in Iran's favour though the African nation had more time with the ball. If the situation remains the same against Argentina, Iran are expected to suffer a drubbing, considering that Sabella's side have the likes of Messi, Angel Di Maria and Sergi Aguero.

Javad Nekounam
Javad NekounamReuters

What Managers Say

Alejandro Sabella (Argentina): "It's difficult to predict what might happen. They [Iran] are physically and mentally very strong. This has to do with the Iranian culture. They have faced wars and will leave no room for us on the pitch."

Carlos Queiroz (Iran): Yes my connection will finish here at the World Cup. There was no support from the government; there has stopped being a genuine interest because of the financial situation. The dialogue has been cut off and I have already decided not to stay."


Argentina 3-0

Betting Odds (Bwin)

Argentina: To win 1.12

Iran: To win 18

Draw: 8.50

Lionel Messi is at 2.50 to score two goals today.

Team Form


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W D W
  • Last Result: Argentina 2-1 Bosnia and Herzegovina


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): D W D D D
  • Last Result: Iran 0-0 Nigeria

Team News

Angel di Maria
Angel di Maria


  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Romero; Zabaleta, Garay, Fernández, Rojo; Rodríguez, Mascherano, María; Messi, Higuaín, Aguero


  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Haghigi; Montazeri, Hosseini, Sadeqi, Pooladi; Nekounam, Teymourian; Heydari, Hajsafi, Dejagah; Ghoochanneijhad