Iran boss Queiroz thrilled with “courageous” win over Morocco

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Carlos Queiroz is ecstatic with the effort from his Iran side after a stunning late win over favored Morocco in both teams’ World Cup openers on Friday.

[ RECAP: Morocco 0-1 Iran ]

Iran found the net through a late Morocco own goal, but had the African side under pressure for much of the second half.

The 65-year-old former Real Madrid boss and Manchester United assistant was bullish on his men. From the BBC:

“In the first half we started to jump out and the most open opportunities belonged to Iran and we were able to create panic in their defence and then the game changed.

“From then on the Morocco players knew we could win the game. You need a bit of luck, Morocco are a great team, great players, but I’m sure they did not expect a tough, courageous team from Iran.”

Iran gets Spain next, a Wednesday tilt.