Iranian president hails national Futsal team victory in World Cup

Iran’s national team has come in third in the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2016 after beating Portugal 4-3 in the playoff.

Iran’s boys won the bronze after a six-round penalty shootout in the Coliseo El Pueblo stadium, in Cali, Colombia on Saturday.

Iran’s Mahdi Javid (L) vies for the ball with Portugal’s Joao Matos during their Colombia 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup final match at the Coliseo El Pueblo stadium, in Cali, Colombia on October 1, 2016.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani congratulated the team and his nation via a post on his twitter account.

On Wednesday, Iran lost its chance for the event’s final in a semi match against Russia. Iran’s squad entered the semifinal match after beating the Paraguayan team 4-3 on Sunday, after shocking Futsal fans by knocking the reigning title defender Brazil out of the tourney in penalty shootouts following a 3-3 draw.

Iran’s Hossein Tayebi (R) and Mehran Alighadr celebrate after winning the Colombia 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup third-place match against Portugal at the Coliseo El Pueblo stadium, in Cali, Colombia on October 1, 2016.

The eighth edition of the Futsal World Cup kicked off on September 10 and came to an end on October 1 when Argentina downed Russia 5-4 in the final and took its first ever title.

By Press TV