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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:

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.

Argentina will enter the final sixteen. 

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