Iran 1 Angola 1
Posted by ssbg on June 21, 2006
The goal sparks wild celebrations among Angola's players and fans as hopes are raised that they may reach the next round
Angola's hopes of reaching the second round were shattered as Iran came from behind to share the spoils.
For 14 second-half minutes the dream was alive, with Angola one-up through Amado Flavio's header, although they still needed a favour from Portugal.
But Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh spoiled the party by nodding in an equaliser 16 minutes from time.
Iran deserved their first point in this competition, but it was Angola who were left to rue what might have been.
They started the match knowing a 2-0 victory, coupled with a similar result for Portugal against Mexico, would see them through to play Holland or Argentina.
The noise from the horns in the stadium was deafening, rising to fever pitch when news filtered through of Portugal's two goals.
That gave Angola a sniff of the second round but it was Iran who looked more likely to score in the first half.