Iran hopes for respect after stopping Ronaldo at World Cup

first_img“Every match in the World Cup is difficult. Those thinking it would be easy for Portugal were certainly not on the pitch,” Santos said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Iran goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand makes a save during the group B match between Iran and Portugal at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Monday, June 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)SARANSK, Russia — Iran’s goalkeeper is sure his team can now compete with the best after stifling Cristiano Ronaldo.After Alireza Beiranvand saved a penalty from Ronaldo in a 1-1 draw with Portugal, the Iranians nearly scored a winner deep into stoppage time. An Iran victory would have put the team at the top of Group B ahead of Spain.ADVERTISEMENT Even though Iran is eliminated, Beiranvand sees a bright future for the national team and his eyes are set on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.“I waited until the last second to stop that penalty and I feel our hard work could have earned us a spot among the last 16 in Russia,” he said. “But I can definitely see that in the future no one will think of us as a surprise. We played hard, we deserved better and people saw that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownRicardo Quaresma’s goal just before halftime made him the only player other than Ronaldo to score for Portugal in three games in Russia.If Ronaldo had converted the penalty in the 53rd minute, it would have given Portugal a 2-0 lead and the Real Madrid player a fifth goal of the tournament. The miss, however, cost Portugal first place in the group. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 In the third minute of added time, Karim Ansarifard scored a late penalty to equalize for Iran after video review. And the nearly 42,000 spectators at Mordovia Arena gasped when Mehdi Taremi hit the side netting from close range with one of the last kicks of the match.Team captain and attacking midfielder Masoud Shojaei is sure that despite the current disappointment, the future of Iran is promising.“We learned a lot in Russia, we learned a lot from coach Carlos Queiroz and you can see that our younger players have stepped up their game,” the 34-year-old AEK player said.“Although we did not qualify to the next stage, we have thousands of Iranians seeing a competitive team that can make them dream. In four years, we will be even better.”Earlier, Portugal coach Fernando Santos called Iran “the best Asian team” at the moment.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Clippers head into free agency with Jordan as question mark Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img