Lionel Messi's wild extra-minute goal allowed Argentina to snatch victory from the hands of...well...a draw against Iran. A long, grinding game, in which the underdog Iran looked like it might pull off an unlikely victory against Argentina, ended with a bang and not a whimper.
It was something fitting given how exciting and decisive the World Cup matches have been thus far. Have a look (or several) at the big shot, which came in the 90th minute of 0-0 game:
Another look of Messi's goal 😳 | https://t.co/ENOlvlfXfW— World Cup 2014 (@FifaWorIdCup_14) June 21, 2014
Messi's late goal saved the gambling life of a bettor, who reportedly plunked down over $350,000 on the odd and low-paying bet that Argentina would beat Iran straight up.
God's representative on earth is from Argentina, and so is the Pope.— Teju Cole (@tejucole) March 12, 2014
Argentina will enter the final sixteen.