I am so glad that I made my debut for Team Melli in front of more than 100 thousand spectators, and I did it in this critical game. I’m really proud of that and I’m glad that we went on to win and get three points of the game. With this victory our ranks in the table is much better.
I am not very satisfied with my game, only when I’m scoring in the game I’m fully satisfied. But the all-important thing is that we achieved our objective and got a sweet victory making our people happy. The fans support and cheering with excitement was so satisfying and delightful.
It was a difficult game. Korea has a strong team and they do not play a defensive and compact style . Thanks God that we won this match and have the same point as Korea. Hopefully we can go on and win the next game.
After the bitter defeat against Lebanon, the fans and media outlets came to our support in a way that increased our spirits and determination to win. Even the president and Speaker of the Parliament visited our training camp and boosted our morale.
I cannot say that the referee was wrong, but my dismissal was unexpected, I committed two fouls within minutes of each other and got two yellow cards for them.! I do apologize to everyone for that, but I am grateful and thank God that we got the three points of the game.
With this victory, our morale is boosted while our confidence is much higher. We will continue to give our best. We have to be prepared for Uzbekistan match and with the support of the fans, I am sure we can defeat the opponents.
We should not really be concerned with other team’s results but focus on our own. I’m sure we can qualify for the World Cup with 13 points; however, we also should aim to lead the group.
Seyed Jalal Hosseini:
The people were very kind and cheered us right to end of the game, and I really appreciate their support. Today, our tactical plan included periods that we controlled the game while at other times , go on full offensive. It was a balanced approach.
Uzbekistan match is another crucial game. They are one of the best teams in Asia and I hope that the fans will continue their fantastic support, which really reflects wonderfully on the players. With such support , we will be more determined to win.