Tasnim – The Iranian national football team’s head coach Carlos Queiroz said he is proud of his players’ performance against South Korea.
Iran played out a goalless draw in the match against South Korea in the 2018 World Cup qualifier at Seoul World Cup Stadium on Thursday.
Queiroz admitted that his side had some challenging moments against South Korea, but he praised his players for overcoming the 10-man situation. Iran was one man down after Saeid Ezzattolahi was sent off in the 55th minute.
“I can promise you that I never had a game like this,” he said. “When we were one man down, the whole team grew up and became more powerful.”
The 64-year-old Portuguese said his players and his team deserve some recognition from the world.
“The international football world should take consideration in what we’ve been doing for the last seven years,” he said. “I’m proud of my players.”
Iran will next host Syria on Tuesday to wrap up its World Cup qualifying campaign. Syria moved up to third place after beating Qatar 3-1 and they are now just two points down to second-place South Korea.