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Iran Leader hails ‘victorious’ national soccer team

Tehran, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Tuesday praised the Iranian national soccer team for their achievement in 2018 FIFA World Cup now underway in Russia.

You will return home victorious and proud, said Iran's Supreme Leader in his message to the Iranian national soccer team.

Bravo! God willing, you will succeed, he added.

The message was sent to the Iranian Minister of Sports and Youths Masoud Soltanifar.

Team Melli (Iranian Soccer National Team) had a display above expectations.

Iran lost the match to Spain, previous world cup and Europe champions, with an accidental goal; drew with Portugal, incumbent Europe champions; and defeated Morocco, champions of Africa with one own goal.

Iran could top Group B with one more goal, but came third and has to leave the biggest soccer event of the world.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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