Problems mount for Iran at World Cup

Ruben Holloway
June 21, 2018

An own-goal in the fifth minute of injury time gifted Iran a 1-0 victory over Morocco on Friday at the World Cup.

Renard said Morocco's coaching staff had taken a keen interest in Iran and would be prepared for any surprises the Portuguese might have up his sleeve. Two of them gave us the outcome in stoppage time, and, in conclusion, Spain and Portugal made a real Thriller.

Iran won the second victory in its World Cup history here on Friday evening in a dramatic way, after Moroccan substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz headed the ball into his own net.

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Although most of the Iranian team played club football outside of the country, none competed in the major league games.

Iran had an unbeaten run through the qualifiers, but faces one of the toughest groups in the competition, against Morocco, Spain and Portugal.

Jahanbakhsh further said that "To be honest we didn't care actually".

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Iranian soccer coach Carlos Queiroz says he believes his players have been brought closer together by Nike's decision not to supply the team with athletic shoes or a World Cup kit because of looming US sanctions against Iran. This fact is in stark contrast with their next rival, 2010 World Cup champion Spain.

Every World Cup season, the spotlight is on the star-studded teams, and Iran is rarely among them. We have been giving a lot of thought to the Iran team and I think we have reached the right level in our preparations.

Post the 1979 Islamic revolution, women in Iran were banned from going to stadiums to watch any male-only sporting event. After mocking up the brand's famous strapline "Just do it" to read "We just did it without you", the image has gone viral via social media. This was in sharp contrast to the scene witnessed at one of the main squares in Tehran where no women were seen in the crowd of fans cheering for their team. I am so happy and proud of my team and my country, but wanted to wish you also all the best in you career.

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