Iran's Mehdi Taremi reacts after the match REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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One of the stingiest teams at Russia, Iran's departure from the World Cup will be a relief to teams that might have faced them in the knockout rounds.Once the dust clears, Queiroz and Iran should feel hugely proud of their achievements, which included a first World Cup win in 20 years and all but grinding through one of the tournament's toughest groups.Iran's ability to nullify the attacking threat of the Iberian powers may be closely examined by the teams that remain in the tournament.Iran's goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand, who slept rough on the streets of Tehran as a junior while pursuing his football dream, could do nothing to stop either of the goals.
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