Carlos Queiroz lavishes huge praise on Iranian players

ISNA – Iran national football team’s head coach, Carlos Queiroz praised his players for decisive victory of Iran against Yemen.

After Iran crushed Yemen 5-0 on Monday in the AFC Asian Cup, Queiroz said, “Fortunately for us the first goal came early and when you score early, it gives you the confidence and tranquility to control the game”.

“We didn’t give Yemen time to breathe.”

In its next game, Iran will play against Vietnam on Saturday.

Queiroz said about his knowledge of Vietnam team, “Vietnam is very dangerous and fast team. It has grown a lot in recent years”.

About remarkes made by former national coach Branko Ivankovic, now in charge of Iran’s most popular club Persepolis, who had been talking up Iraq’s coach Srecko Katanec while goading Queiroz to beat their bitter rivals, Iran national football team’s head coach said, “Now we turn to home affairs”.

“This is the gentleman who used to call Iranian football a circus,” added Queiroz, putting the boot into Croatian Ivankovic after dominating their opening Asian Cup fixture.

“At the moment 85 million people across Iran are praying for the national team, this intelligent man comes along to praise Iraq and its coach — brilliant, genius!”

Mehdi Taremi scored twice for Iran.

Iran took just 12 minutes to take the lead as Taremi finished clinically from close range after a shot from Sardar Azmoun was fumbled by Yemen keeper Saud Alsowadi.

Captain Ashkan Dejagah doubled his side’s lead in the 23rd minute with a low free kick which cannoned in off the post and the hapless Alsowadi before Taremi powered home a header moments later.

Azmoun tapped in a fourth goal seven minutes into the second half, by which time Iran were playing some champagne football, pulling off extravagant flicks and back-heels that left Yemen’s players chasing shadows.

When substitute Saman Ghoddos volleyed home Iran’s fifth from the edge of the box after 78 minutes the Yemen players looked physically shattered.

Only the woodwork prevented Mahdi Torabi adding a spectacular sixth in injury time.