Tasnim – Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand says he is very happy to save Cristiano Ronaldo’ penalty, helping Team Melli come back to the game.
Iran drew 1-1 with Portugal in the last match of the Group B on Monday.
Beiranvand saved Ronaldo’s penalty which was awarded him by VAR review.
“Ronaldo is one of the world’s best players. I’m happy to have saved his penalty and helped my team come back to the game. After the penalty we controlled the game,” Beiranvand said.
“We fought hard and I kiss the hands of the players and the hand of Carlos Queiroz. I hope he’ll continue for many years. His dream is to take the team to the second round and I know he can do it,” the Persepolis keeper added.
“We could have written history. We are sorry we failed in front of the Iranian people, but the players gave their all. We came to the World Cup to write history, to do big things. Iran should be proud of this team. We ‘died’ for each other on the pitch,” he concluded.