Probably Argentina’s best player in the end. His positioning was not perfect and he made a couple of errors with his handling, but on three occasions he made crucial saves
Not a convincing display as he regularly struggled with the movement and agility of the dynamic Ghoochannejhad. Likely to be pinpointed as a weak link by better sides.
Put on a fine display on matchday one, with a number of fancy flicks, but he was not as good against Iran. More often than not his crossing was poor, and he rarely tracked back when Iran were on the break.
He was the most assured Argentine centre-back, but Ghoochannejhad’s movement still gave him problems. He did look a threat in attack, though.
Rarely spent time in his own half, such was Argentina’s dominance for much of the match, but he was very lucky not to concede a penalty after a lapse in concentration was followed by a kick on Dejagah.
Winning his 100th cap, the Barcelona midfielder’s passing was virtually spotless, but he could have perhaps done a better job of nipping Iran counterattacks in the bud in the second half.
Made a difference after coming on at the break against Bosnia and although his distribution was very good again, he lacks what Argentina really need in the middle, which is a real driving force in midfield.
Á. di María
A very frustrating day for the Real Madrid star. He showed plenty of endeavour and effort, but his crossing was not up to scratch and he struggled to imposed much influence.
Replaced the ineffectual Maxi Rodriguez in the starting XI and he was not much better. Did not have many chances in front of goal and his general play was poor.
Was left frustrated for long periods of the game by a stern Iran defence.
His brief glimpse of brilliance proved to be decisive against Bosnia, and lightning struck for a second time in Belo Horizonte. He never stopped trying, even if he was a little disappointing, but his wonderful late goal was well worth the wait.
An all-round excellent performance as he showed great selflessness early on to deny Higuain, before making a great stop from Aguero. Was left helpless for the goal, however.
Perhaps let off the hook because of Rojo’s poor crossing, but he did not do well enough when defending. He was much better going forward though, with his deliveries creating several chances.
Struggled at times in the first half, but on the whole he marshalled Higuain very well, beating him in the air on numerous occasions.
Threatened on more than one occasion in attack with good headers, and he was fairly astute for much of the match in terms of his positioning.
Considering Messi, Higuain and Di Maria all occasionally appeared on Pooladi’s flank, he coped fairly well and was not particularly weak in any area.
Made a few clever, tricky runs from the midfield which forced the Argentina defenders to make decisions and he regularly tracked back to help Pooladi with the combined threat of Zabaleta and whoever else the right-back was supporting.
Disappointed against Nigeria, with more expected of the Fulham attacker, and although he hardly saw much of the ball in open play against Argentina, his set-pieces were excellent.
Unsurprisingly the former Osasuna man did not see that much of the ball, but when he did he was dangerous. His passing may have been uncharacteristically poor, but he continuously put his foot in.
Arguably the most talented Iranian on the pitch in terms of his ability on the ball, the Las Palmas midfielder really struggled to get on the ball and impose himself.
While he did make a number of blocks and tackles on the edge of the area, he also gave away several free-kicks in prime positions.
An erratic show against Nigeria was followed by a very encouraging performance. He gave Fernandez many problems.