YEKATERINBURG, Russia - Uruguay won its opening match at the World Cup for the first time in 48 years, getting an 89th-minute goal from defender Jose Gimenez in a victory over Egypt in Group A on Friday. "But we knew if we did it together as a team with one heartbeat we could do big things".
Iran begin their campaign on Friday, but their preparations were disrupted by Nike's late refusal to supply equipment to their players, citing ongoing USA sanctions against their country. Iran become the first Asian team since Japan in 2010 to win a World Cup game.
"In my opinion, and we spoke with the other players in the team as we had a meeting about this, politics has nothing to do with sport and with football, such a attractive game".
Substitute Bouhaddouz's diving header to clear a free-kick landed on his own net as Iran picked up three vital points.
A billboard in Iran which supported the nation's World Cup team has been replaced after it was criticised for not featuring any women.
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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.
Jahanbakhsh further said that "To be honest we didn't care actually".
"That's why, when you play for your country, you have to play with guts, with heart because that's what people want to see".
It was the first Iranian victory at the World Cup in 20 years. Despite allowing a goal late, the Egyptians' ability to limit Uruguayan star attackers, Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani bode well for their chances moving forward. Querioz argues, "Players get used to their sports equipment, and it's not right to change them a week before such important matches". "Spain is if not the best team in the world, then one of the best". I am so happy and proud of my team and my country, but wanted to wish you also all the best in you career.