Iranian Football Players Comfort Bouhaddouz on Social Media

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Iran's players stormed the pitch at full-time as if they had won the World Cup rather than just their opening match in Russian Federation after an own goal from Morocco's Aziz Bouhaddouz gifted them a dramatic 1-0 victory on Friday.

He has long complained about Iran's lack of worldwide exposure and the country's problems — mainly for political reasons — with arranging matches against other countries. Two of them gave us the outcome in stoppage time, and, in conclusion, Spain and Portugal made a real Thriller.

The refusal by Nike to provide sports equipment to the players annoyed manager Carlos Queiroz, who accused the U.S. company of "mixing sport with politics" and called their decision a "crime against football". She said: "It is not good that women are banned from the game, but let us hope it will get back in the future".

Iran's coach, Carlos Queiroz, echoed his players' sentiments, asking that his players be allowed to focus on the game, not politics.


Substitute Bouhaddouz's diving header to clear a free-kick landed on his own net as Iran picked up three vital points.

The Iranians, who had not won a World Cup game since their victory over the United States in 1998, celebrated as if they had won the tournament.

The 1-0 victory also sent Iran, which reached consecutive World Cups only for first time, one step closer to the knockout stage that they had never been to before.

Iran continue their Group B campaign against Spain in Kazan on Wednesday before concluding the pool phase against Portugal in Saransk on June 25.


"I'm sure you know some countries they feel pressure", Queiroz said.

Russian Federation leads Group A on goal difference after beating Saudi Arabia 5-0 on Thursday in the tournament's first match.

Check out the brand new daily JOE World Cup Minipod hosted by Dion Fanning and Paddy McKenna featuring a very sad Salah, the high-powered hosts are heading to the last 16 and English pundits are up for a scrap. "We defended well as a team and we tried to use the counter-attacks and in the end it was a deserved win for us". 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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