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BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil -- Lionel Messi scored a superb goal in stoppage time to give Argentina a 1-0 victory over Iran on Saturday and secure his teams place in the second round of the World Cup. Matt Williams Giants Jersey . Iran had defended solidly throughout the game and also took the match to Argentina in the second half, creating several chances to win the Group F match and cause a tournament sensation. But Iran was punished for those missed chances when Messi picked up the ball about 20 yards (meters) out and curled a shot into the left hand corner. It was a moment of individual brilliance, and showed why Messi has been voted world player of the year no fewer than four times. Up until that point, he had been kept quiet by stoic Iran defending, while Argentina had at times been exposed to counterattacks. Iran had several chances to win it, especially in the second half. The best of those opportunities came in the 67th minute, when midfielder Ashkan Dejagahs powerful header from close range was tipped just over the bar by Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero. Earlier, lone striker Reza Ghoochannejhads header from close range was saved by Romero after a cross from the right. He later missed a chance for a late winner when his shot was again saved by Romero. Before the match, Iran faced criticism for its defensive tactics after a dour 0-0 draw against Nigeria. But before Messis strike, Iranian and Brazilian fans were singing "Ole, ole, ole, ole, Iran Iran!" in recognition of the teams attempts to score a winner. But Messi denied Iran what would have ranked as its greatest result by drawing with the former world champions. The victory sent the pro-Argentina crowd into raptures and most of them stayed in the stands well after the match, chanting and waving scarves and flags, and watching highlights -- including Messis goal -- on the big screens. It almost looked like Argentina coach Alejandro Sabellas decision to return to an attacking lineup would backfire. In Argentinas 2-1 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina in the Group F opener, Sabella started with a more defensive 5-3-2 lineup with only two strikers. He then changed to a 4-3-3 formation in the second half -- a system favoured by Messi -- and he continued with that lineup at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte. San Francisco Giants Jimmy Rollins Jersey . Ive said it before, Ive worked with top pros and I could have made my own program. Denard Span Giants Jersey . Each day, TSN.ca provides the latest rumours, reports and speculation from around the NHL beat. The latest from Bob As tweeted by TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie on Monday, the Columbus Blue Jackets need to resolve their offseason plans with forward R.BELMONT, Mich. -- Inbee Park found a new putter -- and her old touch. The South Korean player took the second-round lead Friday in the Meijer LPGA Classic, birdieing her first three holes en route to her second straight 5-under 66. The third-ranked Park finished on the front nine, adding birdies on the par-5 fifth and eighth holes in her bogey-free round at Blythefield Country Club. She won six times last year and took the Manulife Financial in June in Canada for her 10th LPGA Tour title. "My putting feels like Im back to last year," Park said. "Hopefully, I can hole some more putts the next two days." After using a mallet putter since 2008, Park tried a friends blade putter Tuesday and started making putts. She hasnt stopped since with 27 putts in each round after having TaylorMade quickly make her an identical version. "I just never used that style of putter for a long, long time and I just wanted to have a change because I tried everything else and it didnt really work," she said. "This was pretty much my last option." She said the improved putting was especially obvious in the second round. "Yesterday I hit a lot of the shots closer, but today I made 15 to 20-footers, at least a couple of them," she said. Fourth-ranked Suzann Pettersen was a stroke back. The Norwegian player matched the course record with a 64. South Koreas Mirim Lee also shot 64 to reach 8 under, and South Koreas Amy Yang was fourth at 7 under after a 67. Second-ranked Lydia Ko, the 17-year-old New Zealand player comingg off a victory in the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio, was tied for fifth at 5 under after a 68. Willie McCovey Giants Jersey. Germanys Sandra Gal, the first-round leader, also was in the group at 5 under, following her opening 65 with a 72. Top-ranked Stacy Lewis, a three-time winner this year, was even-par after a 72. Pettersen, who won the last of her 14 LPGA Tour titles last year, is coming off a three-week break from competition, but free from back pain that hampered her earlier this year and eager to play again. She said it was nice to go low. "Its not like the easiest course if you miss the fairways," she said. "I just tried to play to my strength, hit fairways, hit greens and I made a couple of putts." Lee said she hit the fairways and made long putts. She was clearly elated with her play. "Best round," she said. Ko seemed surprised to be in the hunt and admitted she isnt hitting the ball well. "I had to make an up-and-down a lot of times," she said. "I mean, I was kind of struggling with my long game but luckily my chipping and short game worked really well." Pettersen, who played in the same group, called Ko the chipping queen on the tour. "Its just phenomenal to see such a great touch around the greens," she said. Womens British Open winner Mo Martin withdrew Friday morning because of a thumb injury. It was unclear if she will play next week in the LPGA Championship. U.S. Womens Open champion Michelle Wie withdrew after nine holes Thursday because of a wrist injury. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '

 

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