Curitiba Iran’s ugly 0-0 draw with Nigeria was met by jeers from disapproving Brazilian fans in the crowd, but coach Carlos Queiroz only saw beauty in the fight, determination and discipline shown by his unheralded players.
“Sometimes, when you play with great attitude, with commitment, with soul, emotions, tensions, it can also be an attractive game,” the Mozambique-born coach said.
“Of course people prefer to see four or five goals, I understand that, but for us, we prefer to go home with one point... My players, they celebrated their hard work, the concentration, the attitude. We deserved to celebrate.”
Nigeria blamed impatience for their failure. “They want to go like horses and get it done in two minutes. They have to have patience. I think it took a toll on them when the goal was not coming,” coach Stephen Keshi said.