Argentina now has six points, enough to secure them a spot in Group 2.
An injury-time strike from Lionel Messi was all Argentina needed to secure a narrow 1-0 victory over Iran in their World Cup encounter in Belo Horizonte on Saturday evening.
The result which increases Argentina’s point haul to six has effectively sealed their place in the Round 16 of the World Cup with one game left to play in Group F against Nigeria’s Super Eagles.
Iran who had enjoyed a barren outing against Nigeria in their Group opener last Monday were looking at frustrating the Argentines and
muscling another vital point for themselves.
Indeed the script of Iran Coach, Carloz Queiroz, seemed to be working out perfectly as Argentina failed to hit the back of the net until the 90th minute.
Argentina threw everything at their opponents as the clock ticked towards the 90-minute mark, with Rodrigo Palacio and Ezequiel Lavezzi brought on to liven up their attack; but the Iranians held firm.
While many had concluded on a barren outing, a touch of brilliance changed the day when Messi was allowed to cut onto his left foot inside the area, before drilling an unstoppable shot into the top corner to claim Argentina a dramatic win.