Zentralstadion, Leipzig, Germany

Referee: Mark Alexander Shield | Attendance: 38000

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  • Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh 76'

1 - 1


Game 40


  • Amado Flavio 60'
  • 92'

    FULL-TIME: Angola can't get the big win they need to progress to the second round, although they gave it their all.

  • 89'

    OVER! Zandi heads over the crossbar after being picked out by a good cross from Mahdavikia.

  • 88'

    Iran are doing most of the pressing now; Angola look to be playing out time.

  • 87'

    Mirzapour does well to come through a crowd of players an punch clear a free-kick from the left.

  • 86'

    Ricardo looks to be an excellent shot-stopper, although his work on crosses needs improving. Still, he could have earned himself a move to a bigger club with his performances this tournament.

  • 84'

    GOOD SAVE! Khatibi fires a shot in on goal from 20 yards, but Ricardo turns the effort over the bar for a corner.

  • 83'

    Iran are doing most of the threatening now; they seem to be finishing the game with a bit more belief.

  • 82'

    Madanchi has a good chance to have a run on goal, but he mis-controls the ball in the right channel and is forced out wide.

  • 81'

    Iran's equaliser has really knocked the wind out of Angola; the tempo has dropped considerably in the last few minutes.

  • 80'

    AMITIOUS! Madanchi fires in a shot from 40 yards; it flies high and wide. What he was thinking, I'll never know.

  • 78'

    Mahdavikia sends over a teasing cross from the right; Ricardo comes through a crowd to claim, though he then drops the ball. His blushes are saved by a referee's whistle.

  • 77'

    In truth, Iran probably deserve to be level; they have looked to have the better quality in the final third, and have wasted a couple of really good chances.

  • 76'

    The Angolan's began arguing amongst themselves as Iran celebrated their equaliser; they probably realise that goal all-but ends their chances of progressing.

  • 75'

    Iran to win, with bet365  
    Angola to win, with bet365  

  • 75'

    GOAL! Iran equalise as Bakhtiarizadeh nods a corner past Ricardo at the far post; a fine header.

  • 74'

    The score remains 2-1 in the Group's other game; we need two goals to see Angola progress.

  • 73'

    There isn't a lot of urgency from Angola, it has to be said, despite the fact they need another goal if they are to progress.

  • 72'

    ANGOLA SUB: Figueiredo is replaced by Rui Marques; the midfielder has worked so hard this afternoon, and receives a warm applause for his contribution.

  • 71'

    Angola haven't really followed up their goal with a sustained spell of pressure; they look a little tired, if truth be told.

  • 70'

    RUBBISH! Khatibi's quick feet earns himself a shooting chance, but he scuffs his shot straight at Ricardo.

  • 69'

    GOOD EFFORT! Love steals in around the back post and is picked out by a deep cross, but his header is picked out of the air by Mirzapour.

  • 67'

    Kalanga is booked for a trip on Mahdavkia.

  • 66'

    IRAN SUB: Kaabi off, Borhani on; an attacking change for Iran, who replace a defender with an offensive midfielder.

  • 65'

    Flavio is brought down, on the right edge of the penalty area; Figueiredo sends it in to a crowded penalty area, but his short pass is intecepted.

  • 64'

    We are set for a really good finish to this match; Angola will be desperate to get a second goal and hope that Portugal can hold on to their lead against Mexcio.

  • 63'

    DEFLECTED! JUST WIDE! Mendonca picks up a ball on the edge of the area; he tries to curl a shot in to the far corner, but the ball spins off a defender and just wide of the post.

  • 62'

    Flavio's header really was a superb header, back past the keeper and inside the near post; his goal has lifted the crowd, too.

  • 61'

    The dream is really alive for Angola now; if either Portugal score again, or Angola manage to stick another past Mirzapour, the Africans will progress.

  • 60'

    Iran to win, with bet365  
    Angola to win, with bet365  

  • 60'

    GOAL! Substitute Flavio steals in at the back post and tucks home a cross from the right.

  • 60'

    The second half hasn't really got going as yet; neither side has been able to get hold of the ball and play.

  • 59'

    SAVE! Mahdavikia fires in a shot from distance; Ricardo is well positioned, but his punch clear isn't done with the most conviction and Angola scramble clear.

  • 58'

    Ali Daei looks like he is really labouring now; he isn't much use for Iran at the moment.

  • 57'

    RUBBISH! Mendonca collects a loose ball 30 yards from goal, but he slices his shot high and wide.

  • 56'

    Teymourian is booked for preventing a quick free-kick as Angola looked to get on with the game.

  • 55'

    As things stand, Angola would still progress if they won by two clear goals - it looks unlikely, but there is still a glimmer of hope for the Africans.

  • 54'

    News from the other game in Group D - Mexico have missed a penalty that would have levelled the score with Portugal at 2-2.

  • 53'

    Mendonca and Ze Kalanga look like the men most likely to score for Angola; they have looked lively all match.

  • 52'

    Will the arrival of Flavio spice up the Angolan attack? They need a spark up there, because they haven't really threatened as yet.

  • 51'

    ANGOLA SUB: Flavio comes on to replace Akwa; the Angolan captain was clearly in some discomfort as he hobbled down the tunnel.

  • 50'

    Akwa hobbles off the pitch for some treatment on what seems to be a groin problem.

  • 49'

    Mahdavikia is clobbered by Delgado as he tried to pass him on the right; free-kick to Iran.

  • 48'

    Angola will need to throw a bit more caution to the wind if they are to break through the Iran defence.

  • 47'

    CLOSE! Mendonca controls the ball on the edge of the area, but his right-foot shot is dragged a yard or so wide of the near post.

  • 46'

    If the score remains 2-1 to Portugal in the group's other game, Angola will need to score twice in the second half to progress.

  • 45'

    Iran to win, with bet365  
    Angola to win, with bet365  

  • 45'

    Angola kick off the second half.

  • 48'

    HALF-TIME: After a slow start, Angola have warmed to their task. But as the game has got stretched, Iran have started to look good on the break, and finished the half looking like the team most likely to break the deadlock.

  • 46'

    GOOD EFFORT! After a nice little passing move, Love drives in a shot from the edge of the area; Mirzapour turns it over the bar.

  • 45'

    Iran to win, with bet365  
    Angola to win, with bet365  

  • 45'

    Mendonca is booked for blocking an attempted quick free-kick by Iran.

  • 44'

    Ali Daei looks to be lagging a little now; the 37-year-old seems to be a little off the pace, unsurprisingly.

  • 43'

    Miloy makes a good challenge as Mahdavikia had got in around the back at the far post. Angola are looking a little edgy at the back as the game gets stretched.

  • 42'

    Angola will be satisified with their first half; although Ricardo has had to be on his toes in goal, they have created a chance or two of their own, which will encourage them in the second half.

  • 41'

    Rezaei is forced to put a cross out for a corner, with Akwa waiting to pounce. The corner is sent in to the penalty area, but Iran defend it easily.

  • 40'

    GREAT SAVE! Teymourian gets on the end of a half-clearance from Ricardo; he fires in a fierce, dipping shot, but Ricardo gets down well to save.

  • 40'

    IRAN SUB: Hashemian is replaced by Khatibi; the striker was obviously hampered by that knee injury and couldn't continue.

  • 40'

    Zandi attempts to beat Kalanga down near the corner flag; a slight nudge from the Angolan sends Zandi toppling to the ground. Free-kick.

  • 39'

    ...but his whipped free-kick in to the near post is headed clear.

  • 39'

    ...Mendonca stands over the set-piece...

  • 39'

    Mendonca is brought down on the left wing; another free-kick to Angola, and a chance to send a threatening cross in to the box...

  • 38'

    Ze Kalanga tries to beat his man around the outside, but is hauled back by Madanchi, who picks up a yellow card for the challenge.

  • 37'

    Hashemian is back on the field after receiving treatment; he looks to have fully recovered from whatever was bothering him.

  • 36'

    Zandi collects the ball in a good position on the edge of the area, but his attempted cross to Daei is poor.

  • 35'

    Hashemian is on the sidelines at the moment, having some treatment on what looks like a knee injury.

  • 34'

    Angola win three successive corners as Iranians head clear at the near post. Finally Mirzapour comes through a crowd and punches out of the area.

  • 33'

    Bad news for Angola - Portugal have pulled a goal back in the other Group D game.

  • 33'

    Angola win a corner when Delgardo's cross is deflected behind by Kaabi.

  • 32'

    Apparently, an oil tycoon has promised a £100,000 house for the first Angolan to score in this World Cup - that should prove an incentive.

  • 31'

    DODGY KEEPER! Ricardo comes for a cross he had little chance of reaching; the ball falls to Zandi, but he fires over from a tight angle.

  • 30'

    Iran to win, with bet365  
    Angola to win, with bet365  

  • 30'

    OVER, AGAIN! Akwa again links up with Kalanga, but again he skies his shot over the crossbar from the edge of the penalty area.

  • 29'

    OVER! Akwa reads a flick on, gets in front of his marker and fires in a shot on goal, but he can't keep his effort down.

  • 28'

    Angola have had a couple of real let offs; can they make Iran - and Mexico - pay with a goal of their own?

  • 27'

    OFF THE LINE! Iran send a corner in to the middle; the ball is headed goalwards, but Mendonca is perfectly positioned to clear off the line.

  • 26'

    Portugal's performance should really spur the Angolans on; they should become more and more confident as the prospect of a second-round clash looms.

  • 25'

    News from the other match in Group D - Portugal have opened up a 2-0 lead, meaning Angola only need a single-goal victory to progress...

  • 24'

    Loco is back after receiving some treatment on that ankle injury; he doesn't look happy, though, and it remains to be seen whether he can carry on for much longer.

  • 23'

    WHAT A MISS! Daei is picked out by a cross from the right; the veteran is completely unmarked, but plants his header high over the bar; a golden opportunity.

  • 22'

    ANGOLA SUB: Love comes on to replace Mateus.

  • 22'

    Loco is stretchered from the field, after seemingly sustaining some damage to his ankle.

  • 21'

    This time Loco and Hashemian clash, 30 yards out of the Angolan goal; free-kick to Iran, and Loco now receives treatment. The Angolans are dropping like flies.

  • 20'

    Mateus is stretchered from the field; he covers his eyes in pain, and it seems unlikely he will return.

  • 19'

    Angola win a corner when Mateus breaks down the left wing and Kaabi is forced to slide in an put the ball out; unfortunately, Mateus appears to have fallen on his elbow, and looks in real pain.

  • 18'

    We have an Australian referee this afternoon, a Mr Mark Alexander Shield; a very regal name.

  • 17'

    Angola are starting to settle now; they are seeing more of the ball and starting to pick their passes better in midfield.

  • 16'

    MADE THE KEEPER WORK! Figeuredo cuts back on to his right side on the edge of the area and drills a low shot, but Mirzapour gets down to save.

  • 15'

    Iran to win, with bet365  
    Angola to win, with bet365  

  • 15'

    FINE SAVE! Hashemian breaks in to the penalty area from the left side; he fires a shot in at goal, but Ricardo has his angles right and beats the ball away.

  • 14'

    IRAN SUB: Nosrati is replaced by Shojaei; the Iranian left-back couldn't continue after picking up a calf strain.

  • 13'

    OOH! Mateus bursts forward in support of Akwa; he gets on the end of a knock-down and fires in a first-time shot, but his effort is well off-target.

  • 12'

    Angola have made something of a cautious start; they obviously don't want to commit too many men forward in these early minutes.

  • 11'

    GOOD CROSS! Kalanga sends in a good cross from the right, but it is easily repelled by the Iranian defence.

  • 10'

    Nostrati needs some treatment after that challenge with Loco, but he seems to be okay now.

  • 9'

    Nosrati tries to beat Loco inside the Angola penalty area, but the Angolan was too strong for him and robs the ball.

  • 8'

    Ali Daei is getting involved as much as he can in midfield; the 37-year-ikd might be playing in his final-ever international match for Iran this afternoon.

  • 7'

    Angola will need to be patient as they chase the win; Iran are a good side, and won't make it easy for them.

  • 6'

    Good news for Angola from the other Group D game - Portugal have taken the lead against Mexico.

  • 5'

    Delgardo leaves Kaabi on the grass after a forceful challenge; free-kick to Iran.

  • 4'

    It has been a quiet opening to the match; neither side have been able to get hold of the ball in a decent position.

  • 4'

    Despite Angola needing a win, they have started the match with a 4-5-1 formation, with just captain Akwa up front. They will need to get men up to to support him if they are to get the result they need.

  • 3'

    Angola have defended with resilience so far this tournament, only conceding one goal, against Portugal. They are an organised and hard-working side.

  • 2'

    It is another warm - not hot - afternoon in Germany; nothing that these players can't handle. Angola should be able to play at a decent tempo, should they need to force the issue.

  • 1'

    Angola need to be positve this afternoon; a point won't be enough for them. Iran are just playing for pride.




    Angola can still qualify for the second round if they beat Iran and Mexico are beaten by Portugal, so there is still everything to play for in Leipzig.


    Hello, welcome to our coverage of Iran v Angola from Group D.

Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Iran

  • 20(12)

  • -

  • 18

  • 54%


  • Angola

  • 17(8)

  • -

  • 21

Match Stats

  • Iran
  • Angola
20(12) Shots (on goal) 17(8)
18 Fouls 21
3 Corner kicks 6
1 Offsides 5
54% Time of Possession 46%
3 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
7 Saves 12

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