• FT

    Serb & Mont

    0

    Netherlands

    1

  • FT

    Mexico

    3

    Iran

    1

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    Angola

    0

    Portugal

    1

FIFA WORLD CUP

Frankenstadion, Nuremberg, Germany

Referee: Roberto Rosetti | Attendance: 41000

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Mexico

  • Omar Tordecillas Bravo 28'
  • Omar Tordecillas Bravo 76'
  • Antonio Naelson 79'

3 - 1

FT

Game 7

Iran

  • Yahya Golmohammadi 36'
  • 92'

    Bravo's brace and that Zinha goal give Mexico a winning start. Iran acquitted themselves well and their defending was impressive until those two goals in four minutes delivered Mexico the win.

  • 92'

    Two additional minutes are signalled as Mexico go forward.

  • 91'

    Mahdavikia is behind the free kick. He curls it, it's headed out and crossed back to Rezaei, but Mexico are awarded a free kick.

  • 91'

    Booking - Salcido sees yellow, which won't affect the result now, but could pose him problems later.

  • 90'

    Zinha picks out Mendez in space. His cross is high, Fonseca wins the header, but his looping header poses few problems for Mirzapour.

  • 89'

    The tricky Hashemian keeps on going down the right flank, but Mexico are doubling up on him now.

  • 88'

    A rare misplaced pass by Marquez, overhit and gifting Iran a throw.

  • 88'

    Mahdavikia takes, but Mexico head it away

  • 87'

    A first corner of the second half for Iran...

  • 86'

    Pardo takes it short, the ball goes to Perez who takes a rather theatrical tumble. No penalty.

  • 86'

    Perez picks out Pineda on the left. His cross is good and Kaabi comes across well to cut it out. Corner.

  • 85'

    Iran are leaving eight outfield players behind the ball at all times and you suspect they don't have the belief for a fightback.

  • 83'

    Marquez is in cruise control. He's been imperious today and his move into midfield has been crucial.

  • 81'

    Now Iran do appear beaten. The response has been limited and after defending so well, those two quick goals look like deciding this game.

  • 81'

    Nosrati makes way for Borhani as Iran make their second change.

  • 80'

    Terrific downward header into the bottom corner of the goal and Lavolpe's substitutions at half-time have paid off.

  • 79'

    AND NOW THERE'S NO WAY BACK. The sub Zinha, the Brazilian-Mexican, heads in Mendez's cross

  • 78'

    Iran have come back once - can they do so again? A point here would certainly give them a chance of qualifying. Without it, they may need a result against Portugal

  • 76'

    It came from a poor clearance from the keeper then Zinha robbed Nosrati and Bravo capitalised.

  • 76'

    GOAL - Bravo doubles his tally and may have given Mexico the win with a calm sidefoot from Perez's through ball.

  • 75'

    Another free kick for Pardo, but this is one of his poorest, and volleyed away at the near post.

  • 74'

    Another important block from Rezaei to stop Mendez's cross from reaching its intended target.

  • 73'

    Bravo on the burst almost gets through, but this time it's Rezaei with an important challenge.

  • 73'

    Better ball by Salcido, well headed away by Nosrati at the back post.

  • 72'

    Zinha's cross is easy for Iran, and Mexico are struggling to get to the byline to get better crosses in.

  • 71'

    Salcido and Fonseca link up, Pineda comes off his wing to join in but the move breaks down.

  • 69'

    Mexico on top now and looking the more likely winners, but Iran still have an aerial threat.

  • 69'

    Strong challenge from Madanchi on Marquez.

  • 67'

    Dangerous cross from Teymourian, aimed at the head of Daei, but he can only glance his header wide.

  • 65'

    Another fine pass from Marquez to pick out Zinha, but once again, Mexico can only find their opponents with the cross.

  • 64'

    Mexico take it short, then Pardo crosses and Iran get it away at the near post.

  • 64'

    A poor header back from Golmahammadi concedes a corner needlessly.

  • 64'

    Zinha glides past one on the right flank, but Iran are doubling up against him.

  • 63'

    Karimi is the man who goes off for Madanchi in Iran's first substitution. Mexico, of course, have made all three.

  • 62'

    Iran are set to make a change with Madanchi set to come on. On the pitch, Nasrati blazes a shot way over the bar.

  • 61'

    Pardo takes but Daei is back on defensive duties to head it away.

  • 61'

    There's no way through for the lively Bravo there, but Teymourian blocked him off illegally and it is a free kick.

  • 60'

    Terrific pass from Marquez out to Pineda on the left, but his cross finds an Iranian head.

  • 59'

    Iran threaten an attack with Hashemian and Daei, but Mexico soon have numbers back to smother it.

  • 59'

    Interesting to see the difference Marquez has made in midfield. He's really driving Mexico forward.

  • 58'

    Now this is a better penalty appeal. Marquez heads it beyond the defender Golmohammadi and is taken out. The referee waves play on, but that should have been a spot kick for Mexico.

  • 58'

    Marquez, who has been very positive in this second half, finds Mendez, but his cross is easy for Mirzapour.

  • 57'

    Pardo takes, Fonseca wins the header, but Iran get it away at the back post.

  • 56'

    Bravo goes down in the Iran box under Rezaei's challenge but, correctly, it is a corner and not a penalty.

  • 56'

    Mahdavikia leads a counter attack, goes for the shot from 25 and it is held on the bounce by Sanchez.

  • 55'

    Booking, and a needless one for Nekounam, for kicking the ball away.

  • 55'

    Pardo, the set-piece expert, will take. Marquez makes the near-post run but Daei gets it away.

  • 54'

    Bravo takes on a defender and wins a corner on the left flank.

  • 53'

    Rezaei makes a diving header to clear as Marquez threatens to get a shot in in the Iran box.

  • 52'

    Karimi is stopped by Marquez, who appears to be in midfield now. He brings the ball forward, but can't find Fonseca.

  • 52'

    Off goes Borgetti, whose World Cup could be over, and Jose Fonseca is his replacement.

  • 51'

    The juggling Bravo is alone up front now, and tries to juggle his way through. He is outnumbered.

  • 51'

    meanwhile Osorio clears for a throw and Hashemian attempts, and fails, to win a corner.

  • 50'

    And it looks as though Borgetti will have to come off, probably with a hamstring injury, so Mexico are about to make their third change.

  • 50'

    Rezaei concedes a throw near the corner flag and a worry for Mexico as Borgetti appears to have a knock. He has signalled something to the bench.

  • 49'

    Karimi attempts to dart inside, but loses possession. Then Nosrati gets the ball and is brought down. It's a little scrappy in the midfield.

  • 48'

    Borgetti lays it back to Perez, but his attempt at a shot is miscued and well wide.

  • 48'

    Pardo's chip finds Borgetti onside, he eventually gets the cross in and Nekounam heads it away.

  • 47'

    So far, this half is being played at a leisurely pace.

  • 47'

    Mexico appear to have switched to 4-4-2 for the second half.

  • 46'

    Mexico start the second half after those two changes by La Volpe, which could be an indication of dissatisfaction.

  • 46'

    Double change for Mexico - Zinha and Perez on, Torrado and Franco go off. Interesting - are both tactical?

  • 45'

    That's half time - all square after two set-piece goals from Bravo and Golmohammadi.

  • 45'

    Marquez with a throw as the first half drifts towards its end. Iran will be the happier at this stage, you would imagine, especially after coming back from a 1-0 deficit.

  • 43'

    Marquez's long ball is struck too hard for Borgetti ti control.

  • 42'

    Teymourian wins Mexico a free kick. Mahdavikia takes, Pineda heads away on the edge of the box.

  • 41'

    Mahdavikia sets off on a solo run, but Mexico defend well and Osorio gets a foot in.

  • 40'

    Marquez and Mendez attempt to combine on the right, but there is no way through for Bravo.

  • 38'

    Pardo steps over it, Marques hits it and it rebounds back off the wall.

  • 38'

    Borgetti wins Mexico a free kick and, after two goals from set pieces so far, this could spell danger.

  • 36'

    The Iranians are back level and Sanchez has to shoulder the blame. He came to the corner, failed to gather and left a simple tap-in.

  • 36'

    Mahdavikia takes and Iran equalise. Nosrati jumps with the keeper and Golmohammadi taps in from close range.

  • 35'

    Now Hashemian has gone over to the right and he has forced a corner there.

  • 34'

    Hashemian attempts to get down the left flank, but Marquez comes across to concede a throw.

  • 32'

    Pineda's deep ball is taken down well by Bravo. He finds Pardo for the shot, but it's very gentle.

  • 31'

    But that's a great ball from Mahdavikia across the six-yard box - and it evades everyone.

  • 30'

    Mexico look much more confident now and, with so many men in midfield, they could be hard to break down.

  • 29'

    A well-worked set piece from Mexico there, and it left Bravo completely unmarked to tap in.

  • 28'

    A second free kick, for a handball by Karimi, is generous. Pardo takes again - and it's a goal. Bravo turns it in at the far post after Franco met the free kick with a downward header

  • 27'

    That's a dangerous free kick and Mirzapour has come out well to punch it clear.

  • 26'

    Borgetti drops deep to pick up the ball. He's fouled 40 yards out and Pardo has another free kick.

  • 26'

    Franco wins a header from the corner, but can't direct it near goal.

  • 25'

    And Mexico have a chance with a counter-attack, led by the lively Bravo. He delays the cross for too long and Kaabi comes across to cover.

  • 25'

    It is cleared as far as Karimi, who goes further back to Rezaei. His long ball is volleyed back in by Hashemain but Sanchez clears.

  • 24'

    Mexico are back in numbers as Iran enjoy a spell of pressure. Then Salcido, with a header, concedes a corner.

  • 23'

    Pardo's corner finds Marquez, he wins the header but directs it just past the near post.

  • 22'

    Now the game is a little more stretched. Torrado picks out Pineda with a long pass and his cross is headed behing by Golmohammadi.

  • 21'

    Now, can Pardo's set-piece delivery improve? Yes, it does with a dangerous ball that Kaabi, oddly, backheels away.

  • 20'

    Marquez brings the ball out of defence positively, goes into traffic and gets fouled.

  • 19'

    Risky play by Osorio, the last man, who evades Daei but is then brought down.

  • 19'

    Torrado gets the first booking of the game for a rather ungainly swipe at Teymourian.

  • 19'

    Pardo is behind the free kick, but Mirzapour comes out positively to claim.

  • 18'

    Full-blooded sliding tackle by Nosrati on Bravo - perhaps fortunate not to be booked for that.

  • 17'

    Mexico counter attack with Osorio, but his attempt at a lob is simple for Mirzapour.

  • 16'

    He takes it himself, aims for Daei and Mexico scramble it clear.

  • 16'

    Mahdavikia, lively on the right so far, wins Iran a corner.

  • 15'

    Pineda's cross is headed down by Franco, but not near enough to Borgetti. The keeper claims.

  • 15'

    Bravo skips inside two, but Nosrati gets back to make an important challenge in his box

  • 14'

    A Mexico free kick 40 yards out. Pardo takes and wastes it completely with a shot-cross that was neither.

  • 13'

    Now Mahdavikia has another shot, but it's ambitious to say the least and simple for Sanchez.

  • 13'

    The threat has come from Iran so far, which is something of a surprise. Can Mexico respond?

  • 12'

    Hashemian almost breaks the deadlock - Karimi crosses from the left, the striker angles his header downwards and a diving Sanchez makes a fine save.

  • 11'

    Great chance - and Hashemian misses it by trying to be too clever and backheel Mahdavikia's cross in

  • 10'

    Osorio looks for Franco, but he doesn't have the pace to reach it.

  • 9'

    Bravo and Borgetti try to combine but Nosrati makes a timely intervention.

  • 9'

    Borgetti wins a header from Salcido's long ball, but can't direct it to a team-mate.

  • 8'

    Iran settle for a spell of slow possession before releasing Hashemian down the left. He, however, can't win a corner.

  • 7'

    At the other end, Borgetti tries to bundle his way through, but he is penalised.

  • 6'

    Fine challenge by Marquez in his own box on Karimi - and he needed to make that.

  • 5'

    Nekouman spreads play to Kaabi, who looks an outlet on the right, but his pass is cut out by Marquez

  • 5'

    Franco attempts to weave his way through, but is crowded out.

  • 4'

    Mexico try to switch play to Mendez on the right, but the pass is just over-hit

  • 3'

    The first shot comes in from Mahdavikia - it's well struck and dips from 30 yards, but goes wide.

  • 3'

    Marquez looks to be on the right of a back three for Mexico - he sometimes sweeps up in front of the defence.

  • 2'

    Loose ball from Marquez early on finds Daei. Kaabi tries a cross, but Mexico can clear.

  • 1'

    Karimi has started on the left of the Iranian midfield. Osorio cuts out his throw.

  •  

    Iran kick off with Mexico and Portugal very much the favourites in this group.

  •  

    This game pits the leading scorer in international football - Ali Daei - against the most-capped player - Claudio Suarez, though the latter is on the bench.

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    The teams are in for the opening game in Group D: Mexico: Sanchez, Salcido, Mendez, Osorio, Pineda, Marquez, Torrado, Pardo, Franco, Borgetti, Bravo. Subs: Arellano, Castro, Corona, Fonseca, Garcia, Guardado, Morales, Ochoa, Perez, Rodriguez, Suarez, Zinha. Iran: Mirzapour, Golmohammadi, Rezaei, Kaabi, Nosrati, Mahdavikia, Nekounam, Karimi, Teymourian, Hashemian, Daei. Subs: Bakhtiarizadeh, Borhani, Enayati, Kazemeian, Khatibi, Madanchi, Roudbarian, Sadeqi, Shojaei, Talebloo, Zandi. Refe

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Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Mexico

  • 8(5)

  • -

  • 22

  • 53%

    47%

  • Iran

  • 7(5)

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  • 19

Match Stats

  • Mexico
  • Iran
8(5) Shots (on goal) 7(5)
22 Fouls 19
6 Corner kicks 5
1 Offsides 2
53% Time of Possession 47%
2 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
4 Saves 6