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World Cup live blog: June 21

Games kick off at noon with Argentina vs. Iran, followed by Germany vs. Ghana at 3 p.m. and Nigeria vs. Bosnia at 6.

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Messi vs. Ronaldo: Their World Cups so far

 

(PETER POWELL/EPA)

(PETER POWELL/EPA)

Soccer’s two biggest stars had very different experiences in their first World Cup matches. Here’s a tale of the tape heading into this weekend.

David Larimer
June 21, 11:45 am
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June 21, 12:04 pm
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Argentina vs. Iran is underway

Here are the lineups, courtesy of FIFA:

 

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June 21, 12:07 pm
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Where to watch today's World Cup matches in D.C.

(Evy Mages for The Washington Post)

(Evy Mages for The Washington Post)

While you’re waiting for Argentina to score vs. Iran — the game is scoreless but it seems inevitable, given Messi and Co.’s utter dominance of the stats thus far —  The Post’s Fritz Hahn gives you some options on where to watch the match of the day, Germany vs. Ghana at 3 p.m.

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June 21, 12:39 pm
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June 21, 12:42 pm
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Mascherano joins an exclusive Argentina club

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June 21, 12:42 pm
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Halftime: Argentina 0, Iran 0

(Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

(Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Per FIFA.com’s live stats page, Argentina has completed 227 passes to Iran’s 48 and possessed the ball 75 percent of the time. But Iran is hanging on.

David Larimer
June 21, 12:51 pm
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U.S.'s mission: Contain Ronaldo

(Paulo Duarte/Associated Press)

(Paulo Duarte/Associated Press)

Your halftime reading: The Post’s Steven Goff lays out the U.S. soccer team’s preparations for Portugal and superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

David Larimer
June 21, 1:01 pm
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Argentina's gotta be frustrated

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June 21, 1:07 pm
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