Iran boss Queiroz quiet on Spain's coaching debacle

Iran boss Queiroz quiet on Spain's coaching debacle

Carlos Queiroz hailed a "beautiful" World Cup win for Iran as a stoppage-time own goal from Aziz Bouhaddouz gave them a Group B victory over Morocco.

Iran start their fifth World Cup campaign against Morocco in Group B, although both teams will find it hard to finish ahead of Spain, World Cup 2010 winners, and Portugal, reigning European champions.

"We struggle to travel, to have training camps, to bring opponents, to buy equipment", Queiroz said. We have been giving a lot of thought to the Iran team and I think we have reached the right level in our preparations. Everybody is aware about the sanctions.

For example, how about an own-goal in a scoreless game in extra time during World Cup 2018?

They should come out and apologise because this arrogant conduct against 23 boys is absolutely ridiculous and unnecessary. But we are not here to take pictures of the monuments in Saint Petersburg - we are here because we want to compete.

"The first match is always the special match". We know their team very well but I suspect they know very little about us.

All eyes will be on the Spanish side Julen Lopetegui that fired its coach on the eve of the World Cup after Real Madrid announced that he would take on the coaching role at the club after the World Cup.

In a group that they are both seen as the outsiders, Morocco and Iran knew they both needed something from Friday's group opener and it was already looking like the spoils would be shared before the unexpected happened.

Portugal have since won Euro 2016 and are hoping Cristiano Ronaldo, 33, can turn it on in what's likely to be his last World Cup.

"We concede they are favourites but we don't tolerate anybody telling us that we are not capable of winning", added the former Real Madrid and Portugal manager.

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