Skip to content

World Cup Group F: Carlos Queiroz pleased with Iran's 0-0 draw with Nigeria

CURITIBA, BRAZIL - JUNE 16:  Head coach Carlos Queiroz of Iran gestures during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Iran and Nigeria at Are
Image: Carlos Queiroz: Saw Iran draw 0-0 with Nigeria

Iran head coach Carlos Queiroz hailed his players after they opened their campaign in Group F with a gutsy goalless draw against Nigeria.

The unfancied Iranians had the best chance of a grim showdown in Curitiba on Monday when Reza Ghoochannejhad forced a fine save out of Super Eagles goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama in the 33rd minute.

And former Manchester United assistant Queiroz is convinced his side still have a chance in a group which also includes Argentina and Bosnia.

Queiroz said: "I am very happy but it was very difficult, we played against a great team and it was necessary to play a realistic game.

"I think we did well, we fought for every ball and every space, and we played 90 minutes with one thing on our mind - the first opportunity to score.

More from World Cup Group F

"It was a game that I need to praise my players, they deserve to be congratulated. We kept the team in the tournament and now we have Argentina. The most important thing is that everything is open for us."

Around Sky