Iran President Hassan Rouhani took to Twitter on Tuesday to praise his country’s 0-0 draw with the Super Eagles of Nigeria in their first game of the 2014 World Cup.
“Proud of our boys who secured our first point – hopefully, the first of many more to come,” Rouhani tweeted on his English Language account, along with a picture of him in tracksuit and a sports shirt adorned with the national flag.
Rouhani’s optimistic take on the match was at odds with supporters at Curitiba, venue of the game who booed Iran off the pitch after a defensive performance.
However, coach Carlos Queiroz said the crowd had to be realistic about what his side could achieve.
“The spectators, maybe didn’t see it this way, but in football when you play with attitude, soul, emotions, tension, it can also be an attractive game and that is what happened,” the former Real Madrid boss said.
The Iranian media also circulated pictures of Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif and his nuclear negotiating team watching the match in Vienna, Austria, where the Islamic Republic is in talks with world powers.