World Cup

June 17, 2006



2 - 0


Group D

13:00 +00:00, June 17, 2006

Waldstadion, Frankfurt, Germany

Referee: Eric Poulat (FRA)

Game 24


    That's it! The final whistle blows and Portugal are through to the next round as Iran tumble out. Not the best game, but probably the right result.

  • 90'

    ...Pauleta smashes in a shot from the right that Ronaldo turns into the net. But the flag is up for offside.

  • 90'

    It's time for the party tricks for Portugal, who are flicks and tricks now. Petit hits a shot from 25-yards that Mirzapour palms away...

  • 90'

    From the corner Nekounam has a great chance to head home but his effort drifts wide of the far post. A good chance for Iran.

  • 90'

    Hashemian races into the box, looking for a consolation goal, but can only win a corner.

  • 89'

    Teymourian takes a dive as an Iran break runs out of options. The ref awards nothing.

  • 88'

    Five mintues after the foul occurred Ronaldo stands over the freekick.....and smashes it into the outside of the post. The keeper was scrambling.

  • 87'

    After all that Portugal make their final change and take off Figo for Sabrosa. 'Figo, Figo' chant the fans.

  • 86'

    ...Yahya Golmohammadi has now gone off the pitch clutching his shoulder but the ref still shows him the yellow card.

  • 85'

    The Iran defender is still down, so maybe I do him a wrong...

  • 84'

    Ronaldo chests the ball down with great skill and is then taken out by Golmohammadi, who then pretends to injured to avoid a booking.

  • 83'

    Khatibi is caught offside as a promising Iran move comes to an end.

  • 82'

    Portugal are going through to the next round, unless the unthinkable happens, and are happy just to keep possession.

  • 81'

    And that's it the ref blows the final whistle....oh no he doesn't, that's just my wishful thinking.

  • 80'

    Whilst roanldo milks the applause Portugal make a change. Tiago replaces Deco. Job done for Scolari's side.

  • 79'

    Ronaldo will take the penalty. The winger steps up and smashes the ball high into the roof of the net. GOAL!!!!

  • 78'

    Portugal head straight down the other end and Yahya Golmohammadi hacks down the winger. Penalty!

  • 77'

    Zandi makes up for his woeful freekick with great ball from the left. Hashermian's header forces a good low save from Ricardo.

  • 76'

    ...Zandi strikes it straight into the wall. That is about par for the course!

  • 75'

    Do I speak too soon? Iran have a freekick in a dangerous position on the right of the box...

  • 74'

    Ronaldo does 15 stepovers and wins a throw.... that is how exciting this game has become. Portugal are now conservative and Iran aren't really going for it.

  • 72'

    Ronaldo races down the flank and Kaabi is forced to foul him. The rightback gets booked for his troubles.

  • 71'

    Ronaldo wins a corner. Deco's delivery is cleared but Meira halts Teymourian's attempted break.

  • 70'

    Figo falls over in the box...must have been a long blade of grass or something.

  • 68'

    A reminder there for Portugal - a 1-0 lead can easily be lost.

  • 67'

    Meira misjudges a longball and sub Khatibi latches onto the end of it. The striker shoots from a tight angle and forces a good save from Ricardo.

  • 66'

    It's sub central! Portugal now make a change. Maniche reluctantly goes off and is replaced by Petit.

  • 65'

    Iran make another change and Khatibi comes on to replace Madanchi. An attacking substitution.

  • 64'

    Iran make a change. Playmaker Karimi, who has been unable to get into the game, is replaced by Zandi.

  • 64'

    At last! A goal! Iran have to push forward now.

  • 64'

    ...Deco hits a sweet strike from 20-yards out that beats the keeper and nestles in the back of the net. GOAL!!!

  • 63'

    Figo breaks down the left, Valente takes the defender away with an overlapping run but Figo cuts it back for Deco....

  • 62'

    Mahdavikia puts in great ball to the back post but Portugal manage to scramble the ball clear.

  • 61'

    Mahdavikia breaks down the left and is hacked down by Miguel, who gets booked.

  • 60'

    Figo hits a speculative shot from 30-yards, which is saved...surprise, surprise.

  • 59'

    This is beginning to get frustrating to watch.

  • 58'

    Deco goes down in a heap but the ref waves play on. Iran happy to pass it around the back four after a bit of an attack earlier.

  • 57'

    Mahdavikia crosses from the right but Hashemian can't control the ball on the edge of the this the first sign of Iran pushing forward?

  • 56'

    Hashemian links up well with Mahdavikia, but he has no support and is forced to shoot. His right footed strike trickles through to the goalkeeper.

  • 55'

    A good spell for Portugal, keeping the pressure on.

  • 54'

    Ronaldo runs at the fullback, gains a yard, shoots at the near post and brings a great save out of Mirzapour.

  • 53'

    Valente crosses form the left. Pauleta can only flick at the ball with his heel and his improvised shot goes wide.

  • 52'

    Pauleta keeps the ball in play. Deco lobs a ball over the defence for the striker but Rezaei strains his neck muscles to head clear.

  • 51'

    Some good on touch passing ends with Maniche's poor touch. Valente wins the ball back.

  • 50'

    Iran keep possession but it all gets a bit hopeful in the final third. Mahdavikia's cross is blocked.

  • 48'

    Mahdavikia with a great tackle on Ronaldo, who chases down the defender and wins the ball back again.

  • 47'

    Deco gets a bit carried away with his new found 'hardness' and kicks an Iran player in the face as he challenges for a high ball. Yellow card.

  • 46'

    Delicate Deco battles for, and wins, the ball in midfield. That could be a good sign of Portugal's determination for this second-half.

  • 45'

    Portugal get us underway for the second-half. Neither team has made any changes.


    The whistle goes for half-time with the score still level at 0-0. Portugal have made all the running but Iran have frustrated the European side and are not out of this yet.

  • 45'

    Meira steps out of the defence and starts a break. Ronaldo goes down under pressure from Rezaei but the freekick goes the other way. Ronaldo is frustrated, as are Portugal.

  • 44'

    Pauleta catches Iran defender Golmohammadi as he clears the ball and gets booked - largely for the reaction of Golmohammadi.

  • 43'

    Deco spots Miguel's run down the flank. The defender smashes a shot across the Iran goalkeeper, who gets a touch on the ball and forces it past the far post.

  • 42'

    Miguel is back on his feet and the game resumes.

  • 41'

    Miguel falls heavily after winning a header and needs treatment. Ricardo looks concerned for his fullback.

  • 40'

    Mahdavikia attacks down the right flank. His cut back is too far behind his strikers and Figo chases back to clear for Portugal.

  • 39'

    Maniche blocks an Iran break by handling the ball but doesn't receive a yellow card.

  • 38'

    Teymourian wins a throw deep in Portugal's half. There is a lot of huff and puff on the flank but nothing comes from it.

  • 37'

    A few squirts from the magic water bottle and Figo is back in the pitch...will he be up for a little bit of retribution?

  • 36'

    Figo is down clutching his face after being kicked by Karimi. A Karate kick of the highest grade!

  • 34'

    Ronaldo skips inside the fullback and smashes a left foot shot into the side netting. Surely only a matter of time before the goal comes...

  • 33'

    Portugal are knocking at the door but can't seem to get that vital goal.

  • 32'

    Figo can't beat the rightback Kaabi, but he does win a corner. Ronaldo goes close with a header from the set piece.

  • 30'

    Madanchi gets booked for a foul on Ronaldo.

  • 29'

    Hashemain smuggles the ball through the Portugal defence for Teymourian to latch onto. The midfielder smacks a shot against the post but the flag is up for offside.

  • 28'

    Figo delivers a corner from the left. Carvalho leaps highest but glances his header wide. That was a good chance for Portugal.

  • 27'

    Figo, who has switched to the left flank, beats his two defenders but his cross is poor and is cleared by Rezaei.

  • 25'

    Nekounam loses possession. Ronaldo beats the leftback, but slices his cross out of play with players waiting in the box.

  • 24'

    Valente attempts to pick out lone striker paulette, but his pass is overhit.

  • 23'

    Nosrati wins a freekick on the left. Goalkeeper Ricardo punches the cross off the head of Hashemian.

  • 22'

    Nosrati tackles Deco and Iran have a three on three break. But the defender stands on the ball and Portugal recover.

  • 21'

    Mahdavikia hits the ball into a danger area from the right. Hashemian tries to get on the end of it but is blocked out by two Portugal defenders.

  • 20'

    Deco stays on his feet for once and dances through three challenges. His through-pass catches Pauleta offside.

  • 19'

    Figo intercepts a pass and gets fouled by Nekounam, who gets booked and will miss Iran's next match.

  • 18'

    Kaabi probes the right and switches play to the left after finding no way through. A good spell of possession comes to an end with another hopeful pass.

  • 17'

    Ricardo mops up yet another long-ball pass from Iran.

  • 16'

    Figo crosses from the right and Mirzapour comes off his line to punch clear. One way traffic at the moment. Iran under seige.

  • 15'

    ...It's the same Maniche routine as before but the midfielder hits his shot wide this time.

  • 14'

    Deco takes a short corner and then draws a foul to win a better angle to deliver the cross...

  • 13'

    Madanchi hits a brilliant cross-field pass for Hashemain, who brings the ball down but can't beat Miguel to get a shot away.

  • 12'

    Deco latches onto a deflected shot, spins and draws a great save form the Iran keeper Mirzapour, who palms the ball over the bar.

  • 11'

    Mahdavikia puts good delivery into the area and Nekounam heads wide. A good chance for Iran. Set pieces might offer their best chance for a goal.

  • 10'

    Mahdavikia whips in a freekick. Carvalho heads clear and Portugal break with Ronaldo. The winger's cut back is behind Pauleta and the move breaks down.

  • 8'

    Iran probe down the left flank again - maybe they see rightback Miguel as a weak link. But Miguel drives forward and forces a block in the box to dispel that theory.

  • 7'

    Figo delivers the corner deep to edge of the box for Maniche, who smashes a shot wide.

  • 6'

    Carvalho cuts out a through-ball intended for Hashemian and Portugal are on the attack. Valente wins a corner.

  • 5'

    Ronaldo steals the ball deep in the Iran half. Maniche, who could be carrying a few extra pounds, swivels and shoots high and wide from outside the area.

  • 4'

    Nosrati attempts to link with Mandanchi down the left flank but with no joy. Both teams are probing at the moment.

  • 3'

    Iran hoof the ball forward down the flank. It's nowhere near anybody - hope that isn't a sign of things to come.

  • 2'

    Figo has started on the right with Ronaldo on the left, but I'm sure they will switch. Iran have packed the defence.

  • 1'

    Iran, in all white, get the game underway - kicking from right to left. Portugal are wearing their port coloured kit.


    The teams are on the pitch, the anthems are playing and it's moments until this Group D match kicks-off...


    If Portugal win they go through, if Iran lose they go out. Simple as that.


    Iran: (4-4-2) 1-Ebrahim Mirzapour; 13-Hossein Kaebi, 5-Rahman Rezaei, 4-Yahya Golmohammadi, 20-Mohammad Nosrati; 2-Mehdi Mahdavikia, 6-Javad Nekonam, 8-Ali Karimi, 14-Andranik Taymoorian; 21-Mehrzad Madanchi, 9-Vahid Hashemian


    Portugal (4-5-1) 1-Ricardo; 13-Miguel, 16-Ricardo Carvalho, 5-Fernando Meira, 14-Nuno Valente; 20-Deco, 6-Costinha, 18-Maniche, 7-Luis Figo, 17-Cristiano Ronaldo; 9-Pauleta