Iran eyes last 16 of the World Cup

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 24, 2014 at 5:04 pm •  Published: June 24, 2014
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SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said Tuesday his team's Group F match against Bosnia-Herzegovina at the World Cup on will be like a tournament final.

Iran plays already-eliminated Bosnia in Salvador on Wednesday with a chance of reaching the second round for the first time.

"Tomorrow is our World Cup final," Queiroz said. "As simple as that."

Iran must win to have a chance of going through, while Nigeria only needs a point against already-qualified Argentina in a game being played at the same time in Porto Alegre.

"We have to do our job, play our game and win the match," Queiroz said. "The rest is in the hands of God."

Iran has faced criticism for its dour defensive tactics after a 0-0 draw against Nigeria in their group opener. The Iranians also spent much of their game against Argentina on Saturday packing the defense, but created several chances on counterattacks and nearly caused a major upset before conceding a late winner by Lionel Messi.

Queiroz said there will be no major change in tactics.

"I don't think we should change too much," he said. "We just have to be ourselves and play our game and try our best."