Soccer-Argentina held 0-0 by Iran at halftime

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 21 (Reuters) - Argentina and

Iran were goalless at halftime in their Group F clash on

Saturday with the heavily favoured South Americans frustrated by

some tenacious defending.

Lionel Messi was largely contained by Iran's defence though

he did win a freekick outside the penalty area in the 31st

minute which he fired over the bar. He also floated in a

freekick in the 36th which was headed just over by Ezequiel


(Writing by Nigel Hunt; editing by Ken Ferris)