TEHRAN, December 01 (MNA) – By gaining three points, scoring four goals, and receiving seven goals in total, Team Melli said goodbye to the 2022 World Cup and could not advance to the knockout round.
Qatar’s event was Iran's sixth appearance at the World Cup.
The Persian Leopards started the campaign with a 6-2 loss against England in Group B Mehdi Taremi scored Iran’s opening goal of the 2022 World Cup.
While Iran couldn't do much against England's domination, their frontman Taremi managed to get a brace against 2018's semi-finalists.
A rousing finish off the cross-bar and a penalty helped the striker reduce the deficit marginally, goal.com reported.
In their second match in Group B of the World Cup in Qatar on Friday, Queiroz’s players defeated Wales 2-0 to keep their hopes alive.
The two goals of Iran were scored by Rouzbeh Cheshmi at minute 96 and Ramin Rezaeian at 98.
The US advances to the knockout round with a 1-0 victory over Iran; Christian Pulisic scored the game’s only goal.
With his side needing only a draw against the Americans to qualify for the knockout rounds for the first time in six World Cup appearances, Iran's coach Carlos Queiroz worked hard to prepare the players mentally, but they had no chance against a young, determined and tactically superior US side, Reuters reported.
United States national football team forward Timothy Weah has sent a message on social media praising Iran’s team in the 2022 World Cup.
“Always been more than just football to me and I would just like to send my love to this wonderful team,” he wrote.
“Displayed so much pride and love for their country and their people,” said the athlete.
"We need to deal with the reality and come back stronger and better and be sure that next time Iran qualifies, they prepare better, are able to have their minds, spirit, and soul in the game," the manager added.
With those results, Iran was eliminated from this World Cup in the group stage again; Team Melli came third in the group with 3 points.
Reported by Amin Mohammadzadegan Khoyi