Iran fans unfurl banner at World Cup in support of women

Black Stars of Ghana celebrating a World Cup goal at South Africa 2010

Black Stars of Ghana celebrating a World Cup goal at South Africa 2010

Iran have emerged as the early challengers to Spain and Portugal in Group B after Aziz Bouhaddouz's 95th-minute own-goal sealed a dramatic 1-0 win in Saint Petersburg.

Shortly before the tournament, the Iranian team said Nike had pulled out of a commitment to supply its cleats.

"It was ridiculous and unnecessary to produce this statement against a couple of young players". Not to be done, Ronaldo retaliated with another tally, making the Portuguese captain the first player to score in four World Cups.

Iran's coach, Carlos Queiroz, was critical of Nike's decision, and has demanded an apology for his team.

Jose Gimenez scored the winning goal for Uruguay with a brilliant header in 89th minute of the match.

Iran had an unbeaten run through the qualifiers, but faces one of the toughest groups in the competition, against Morocco, Spain and Portugal.

"We struggle to travel, to have training camps, to bring opponents, to buy equipment", Queiroz said.

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Prior to World Cup 2018, the American shoe company Nike announced it would not be providing equipment to Iranian players due to the US sanctions imposed on Iran.

"It was a tough match for me and for all of us".

Adding to the disruption, Nike said it would not be providing soccer shoes to Iran for the World Cup because of American sanctions now in place against the country.

Ahead of the World Cup, Nike said it would not be providing soccer shoes to Iran for the World Cup because of American sanctions now in place against the country.

Nike's move reportedly forced some Iranian players to buy their own footwear from shops in Russian Federation, which is hosting the World Cup, or even ask club teammates for help.

Iran's win was also a victory for Asian football. In a way, Queiroz's team can take a chance against Spain in Kazan on Wednesday. I am so happy and proud of my team and my country, but wanted to wish you also all the best in you career.

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