World Cup: Iran president celebrates draw with Nigeria




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(AFP) – Iranian Hassan Rouhani took Twitter Tuesday praise his country’s 0-0 draw Nigeria, after a lacklustre football World Cup opener for Team Melli in Brazil.
“Proud of our boys who secured our first point — hopefully the first of many more come,” Rouhani tweeted his English-language account, alongside a picture of him in tracksuit bottoms and a sports shirt adorned the flag.
It was a rare casual image of the , who is normally seen in a formal robe and white turban, sitting alone a sofa watching the match television a glass of tea and some pistachios.
Rouhani’s optimistic on the match was at odds with supporters in Curitba, who booed off the pitch after a defensive performance.
However coach Carlos Queiroz said the crowd had to be realistic about what his side could achieve.
“The spectators maybe didn’t see it this way, but in football when you play with attitude, soul, emotions, tension it can also be an attractive game and is what happened,” said the former boss.
Iranian media also circulated pictures of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his nuclear negotiating team watching the match in Vienna, where the Islamic republic is in talks with world powers.