- Sardar Azmoun excitedly choked Iran manager Carlos Queiroz in one of the weirdest victory celebrations of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar
- Two goals in quick succession deep into added time have given the Persian Stars their first win at the World Cup, defeating a spirited Wales
- Iran will next play against the USA in their final group match as they seek to progress to the World Cup knockout stage for the first time
It was an emotional roller-coaster for many Iran players, after they earned a famous 2-0 victory against Wales to keep their World Cup dreams alive.
The Iranians, who had lost 6-2 to England in their first group game, are now dreaming of a spot in the knockout stages after leapfrogging Wales and USA to second place.
After Ramin Rezaeian finished off a counter-attack to seal victory for a spirited Team Melli with practically the last kick of the match, Sardar Azmoun’s celebrations got fans bemused.
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The Persian Stars player, who was an unused substitute in the game, grabbed coach Carlos Queiroz by the throat, choking the Portuguese manager in what seemed like the weirdest celebration style.
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Judging by Quieroz's face, the celebration did not quite resonate with him.
The victory against Wales is Iran’s third-ever victory at the FIFA World Cup, after previous wins against the United States in 1998 and Morocco in 2018.
Iran boss Queiroz confronts journalist
Meanwhile, coach Queiroz confronted a journalist who asked about the protests in the country, following demonstrations after the death of Mahsa Amini, Daily Mail reports.
Queiroz was incensed that BBC Persia reporter Shaimaa Khalil asked striker Mehdi Taremi about the protests at a press conference, before the national team's match against Wales.
Taremi had twice stated that he would not comment further on the protests, in response to criticism for celebrating a goal against Uruguay in a pre-tournament warm-up game.
Iran supporters boo their team
Earlier, Sports Brief reported the Iran team were booed by supporters, after bowing to pressure and singing the country's national anthem before their clash with Wales.
Prior to their World Cup group opener against England on Monday, the Persian Stars stood in silence as their anthem was played, in protest against the country’s government regime.
As Persian Stars players sang their national anthem on November 25, Iran fans booed, jeered and whistled at the team amid ongoing protests in the Middle East nation.