Iran's confidence surges after surprise win against Morocco

Marcus Newton
June 21, 2018

Both Morocco and Iran impressed in qualifying with Morocco only conceding one goal in their eight games, while Iran remained unbeaten and only let in five goals in their 18 qualifying matches.

"We admit they are favourites but we do not tolerate the suggestion that we are not capable of winning".

Iranian football players in past have advocated lifting of the ban with the current captain Masoud Shojaei and former Bayern Munich midfield Ali Karimi, who had 127 caps for the country, speaking in the support of women's participation in the game.

"It's impossible you participate in the World Cup without any stress and pressure but we must tolerate". They now have a chance in a group where they must now face favourites Spain and Portugal.

What I can say is we are fully ready for this game.

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At 37th, Iran are four places above Morocco in the Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings, with Spain 10th place and Portugal fourth, and Renard said mental toughness would play a vital role in Friday's match.

"In a competition where three matches need to be played, as long as there as still two matches to be played, whoever the opponents there is still hope", he said.

Iran are coached by wily Portuguese Carlos Queiroz, who is making his second consecutive World Cup appearance with Iran and has also coached South Africa and Portugal at the tournament.

"We don't have camps, we have problems".

The authorities have cancelled a plan to allow women to watch the national team's World Cup matches on a big screen in Tehran's Azadi Stadium. 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. In a way, Queiroz's team can take a chance against Spain in Kazan on Wednesday. "For sure, I will give my best in the next games".

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