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George Johnson: Messi the saviour in Argentina's 1-0 win over Iran
RIO DE JANEIRO — As the ball continued its programmed, swooping flight away from the clawing lunge of ’keeper Alireja Haghighi, unsuccessfully trying to stretch his six-foot-four frame to six-five or six-six, defender Hossein Sadeghi, afforded a perfect view, sunk in super-slow-motion to his knees in despair and shut his eyes, tight.
Plenty of soccer stars will miss FIFA World Cup in Brazil
The spell of bad news started in earnest in January, when Colombia striker Radamel Falcao tore his ACL in a league match in Monaco. Initially he was optimistic, even while standing on crutches, counting on any small chance he had left. Falcao underwent surgery and special treatments to speed up his recovery, but he was ultimately left off the Colombian World Cup roster.