Carlos Queiroz hails Iran's opening World Cup win over Morocco as 'beautiful'

Iran head coach Carlos Queiroz walks among his player during the official training of Iran on the eve of the group B match between Morocco and Iran at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg Russia Thursday

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Cristiano Ronaldo wants to be the competition's top scorer, but he won't have an easy task either against Morocco, who did not concede in six qualifying games and only conceded a late own goal against Iran.

Queiroz said Thursday his team was "highly adventurous at the present time" and "a lot of young players with a high number of qualities, especially in the midfield and in attacking positions", but didn't discount adopting a defensive formation when needed, presumably against Spain and Portugal.

"We can not use these issues as excuses, but we must use all of these situations as a source of inspiration to make our players stronger and more willing".

"We train and we play under (bad) conditions", he added. They showed today they deserve to be treated like all other players. "On our side, everything is the opposite".

"We want to celebrate and it's our responsibility, that's why we are here in Russian Federation. I'm not sure if we will win, but we will definitely have a good time".

"As I said before the game, to make these difficulties a source of inspiration, a source of motivation, is really something very special".

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"We're going to try to go to sleep after doing our best, with three points under our belt".

Queiroz is furious with Nike for not supplying his Iran side with boots.

Iran would likely secure a first ever place in the knockout stage at a World Cup by beating Spain on Wednesday, though Queiroz is expected to play for a draw in Kazan. In five visits now, Morocco have never won their first World Cup.

When the pain subsides, however, they should take heart from a performance which showcased some impressive talent, well assembled by French coach Herve Renard, and which will have been keenly noted by Spain and Portugal.

That awful mistake, to the astonishment of more than 62,500 audiences in Saint Petersburg Stadium, put a seal on the first match in Group B, as well as Morocco's unbeaten record of 18 games. Nobody can undermine our expectations and our hopes. "This is stupid", the man, Amin, who was not willing to be identified by his last name told the Associated Press.

They did just that in terms of possession and chances created, but they were undone by their poor finishing and decision-making in the final third.

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