Nike 'should apologise for arrogant statement' - Iran's Carlos Queiroz

Nike 'should apologise for arrogant statement' - Iran's Carlos Queiroz

Iran have been forced to find a different supplier for their team's footwear at the World Cup after Nike announced their decision to end their deal with Iran following the imposition of United States sanctions against the country.

"It has been a source of inspiration for us", the former Manchester United assistant manager told Sky Sports News " This last comment of Nike was, in my personal view, an unnecessary statement. Everybody is aware about the sanctions.

After the defeat, Cuper said: "He did not play today because we wanted to avoid risk or danger, but I think that he will be fine for the next match".

Morocco and Iran may not have the same sheen, but that doesn't mean the tightness of their contest can't still make for an entertaining affair. But we are not here to take pictures of the monuments in Saint Petersburg - we are here because we want to compete.

"We started very carefully and I'm sure they studied the Iranian team".

Both Morocco and Iran impressed in qualifying with Morocco only conceding one goal in their eight games, while Iran remained unbeaten and only let in five goals in their 18 qualifying matches.

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Queiroz's mood may seem bullish but, despite upheaval off the pitch, his team have been in excellent form on it.

For example, Spain's failure to qualify from their group at the 2014 World Cup was a major shock, with the Netherlands and Chile progressing ahead of them.

That run includes 22 matches and even saw Iran as the first team to qualify for Russian Federation.

A late own goal handed Iran their second win in World Cup history as they defeated Morocco 1-0 at the Krestovsky Stadium on Friday evening.

Both teams face tough tests Wednesday, as Morocco will play Portugal and Iran will face Spain.

"Since we've got here, we shouldn't be feeling the pressure too much".

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