“As soon as I got the ball at the end we were all in attack because we wanted to put Argentina through with a win,” Messi said. “Obviously I was very happy with the strike and then I heard people screaming and smiling.
“[Iran] were able to close us down at the back and it was very difficult to find space. It was very hot too. But we still had many opportunities in the first half; they had some in the second half too. Now we’re qualified for the next round and that was our objective today.”
Messi’s decisive contribution was praised by Argentina’s manager, Alejandro Sabella. “All players who played today have contributed to this victory but of course we have a genius who is called Messi,” he said. “Fortunately he is Argentine. Everybody would have liked to have Messi but it is us who have him.” via | Football | The Observer