TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iran's coach Carlos Queiroz said his team will come back stronger after suffering a 1-0 loss against the US in Group B of the 2022 World Cup.
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Iran needed at least a draw in the group clash to have a chance of reaching the knockout stages, but the US won through Christian Pulisic's goal seven minutes before halftime to go through and play the Netherlands in the last 16.
"Football gods bless those who score goals, and unfortunately we didn't score," Queiroz told a news conference.
"I said before the match that the US was the most consistent team in the first two games," he added, referring to its draws with Wales and England, who qualified as group winner after beating the Welsh 3-0.
"The US started the match as it did against Wales and England, and it was better than us, more ferocious and faster, and scored a goal, and I was not surprised by that.
"But in the second half the situation changed and we took possession of the ball and created more chances than the US did in the first half and we deserved to score at least a goal.
"The United States players have the speed and if I may say when you play against Ferraris you need to close the highway, and that's what we did after the break and we were the better team," he stated.
The Portuguese coach also praised his players for their commitment and efforts in training and matches.
"Sometimes football is not fair, and we will come back stronger and have succeeded in gaining the respect of the whole world," he added.