Javad Nekounam who scored the winning goal for Team Melli against Korea Rep., his 31st goal for his country in his 129th appearance, said that this goal was one of his best ever for Team Melli. The Captain of Team Melli who also won the Most Valuable Player of the match title was very thankful for the crowds support “With their presence , we have managed to win despite being down to ten men. I dedicate this victory to the fans and the whole of the Iranian people. They truly deserve this victory.”
The ex-Osasuna midfielder who is playing for Esteghlal Club said that the untied front of all concerned , was pivotal in this victory, ” Victories are not made by one person or player only, it is the combined efforts of all players , coaching teams , fans and the media. I am particularly thankful for the media who have created a friendly and supportive atmosphere for the match.”
Carlos Queiroz , who was quite emotional and tense after the dismissal of Shojaei and as a result he was also sent to the stands by the referee from Singapore , was a much more relieved character after the win. In the presence of the media , Queiroz said “The player deserve a big congratulation, Each one of them performed to the required standard and showed a lot of grit and determination to win despite our handicap. However, let us not get too carried away because this was simply a win with three points , albeit an important win. We must prepare for the Uzbekistan match and must get the three points out of that match as well.”
Queiroz urged the fans to replicate the fantastic support they provided his team today by turning up in force for the next game against Uzbekistan.
Asked about the referee, Queiroz was not complimentary about the Singaporean referee and his assistamts. The Portuguese coach said “the refereeing was the low point of this exciting match. Quite a few events went unnoticed by the referee , however , if we need to win matches , we should not depend on the referee to help us but do it ourselves”