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Watch: Lionel Messi breaks Iran's heart with stoppage-time winner

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Lionel Messi is mobbed by his teammates after delivering a stoppage-time winner in Argentina's 1-0 win over Iran, one of his four group-stage goals.

For a player criticized for not doing enough for his country, Lionel Messi is sure doing what he can to change the narrative.

Messi came through for Argentina yet again, delivering a highlight-reel, stoppage-time winner to give Argentina a 1-0 win over stubborn, valiant Iran on Saturday, giving Argentina six points and a commanding Group F lead.

With Diego Maradona watching in the stands, Messi provided his own iconic moment for Argentina, cutting centrally to create space against a defender and curling home a beautiful 20-yard shot after the Albiceleste were frustrated and shut off time and again by a collective Iranian defensive effort. The moment mimicked his goal against Bosnia-Herzegovina, which proved to be the game-winning strike in Argentina's opening game of the competition. 

Here's how Messi delivered, once again, for Argentina (from a pair of angles):

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