Hey everyone, it has been a busy few weeks preparing for the World Cup and of course, the trip to Russia has been a long but exciting journey.
I have finally found some free time to keep you all updated about this World Cup adventure.
This is unreal to me and the excitement didn’t hit me until I was on the metro heading to Krestovsky Stadium.
Going into the match against Morocco, I knew it would be tough. From the outset of the match, it looked as if Team Melli was in trouble, but it was nice to see them stem the tide.
A few things really upset me and one of them was when Sardar Azmoun appeared to lose his footing a bit after receiving a great pass from Vahid Amiri.
I really think Sardar could have scored easily had he not slipped up a bit.
Captain Masoud Shojaei did a good job breaking up passes in midfield, but he also made the mistakes of holding the ball too long and not connecting his passes.
With time winding down, I thought I would be talking about another scoreless draw to start the tournament just like in 2014.
But what a crazy way to end the game. I saw Ehsan Hajsafi take the free kick and then the ball was in the back of the net.
I was going crazy. I cannot remember the last time I yelled so loud. It was amazing.
What an awesome 1-0 victory over Morocco!
I think a lot of us have known all along that Morocco has a better roster on paper, but that advantage doesn’t guarantee victory.
Congratulations to Team Melli on the win over Morocco and I just want to point out that I am very proud of Alireza Beiranvand and Roozbeh Cheshmi.
Both guys have had endured a lot of criticism but Cheshmi played well and Beiranvand made some clutch saves.
For me, my player of the game was Beiranvand without a doubt but it sure does hurt that Cheshmi has been ruled out for the World Cup due to injury.
My voice is still gone and I have been in Kazan for nearly two nights. But there is no time for any complaining because it is time to get pumped up for the showdown with Spain!