Iran President Leads Praise for Team's Draw vs Nigeria

Iran held African giants Nigeria to a goalless draw in their FIFA World Cup match. President Hassan Rouhani tweeted that he was proud of the way the team played.

updated: June 17, 2014 14:37 IST
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Tehran: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took to Twitter on Tuesday to praise his country's 0-0 draw with Nigeria, after a lacklustre football World Cup opener for Team Melli in Brazil. (Full match report)

"Proud of our boys who secured our first point -- hopefully the first of many more to come," Rouhani tweeted on his English-language account, alongside a picture of him in tracksuit bottoms and a sports shirt adorned with the national flag. (In pics: Iranian fans spread message of love in Brazil)

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It was a rare casual image of the president, who is normally seen in a formal robe and white turban, sitting alone on a sofa watching the match on television with a glass of tea and some pistachios.

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