Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in separate remarks expressed gratitude to the country soccer team’s brilliant show against Argentina on Saturday.
Iran lost the game a close loss which still provided enough reason for Iranians to celebrate a good show by their kids.
Lionel Messi scored an injury time goal to give Argentina a 1-0 win over Iran at the World Cup on Saturday and see them through to the knockout stage.
Iran resisted argentina's heavyweight attack for 91 minutes and seemed destined for a famous draw in the Group F encounter until Messi's second rescue goal in two matches.
President Rouhani in a letter addressed to the national soccer players wrote "Once more the valiant youth of the Islamic Iran proved their aptitude to the world. Hereby I have to thank our studious players in the national team and the technical board who gave joy to the nation with a manly, devoted play against Argentina and created wonder.”
He added "Although the result was scored in the last minutes, for me your 90 minutes of beautiful playing and your hope for victory which you kept to the last moment was source of pride.”