Iranian fans and players react to heartbreaking World Cup elimination

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Iran ran out of time. And its tears were abundant. It had a right to feel aggrieved. Because it had managed not to be beaten by Ronaldo. Instead, it was undone by a world-class goal from Quaresma, and perhaps Caceres, conspiring to eliminate them from the 2018 World Cup.

– Leander Schaerlaeckens

<p>An Iran supporter shows his emotions following defeat during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Iran and Portugal at Mordovia Arena on June 25, 2018 in Saransk, Russia. (Photo by Maja Hitij – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images) </p>
Iran’s heartbreak

An Iran supporter shows his emotions following defeat during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Iran and Portugal at Mordovia Arena on June 25, 2018 in Saransk, Russia. (Photo by Maja Hitij – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

<p>Iran’s Mehdi Taremi reacts after the match. REUTERS/Murad Sezer </p>
Iran’s heartbreak

Iran’s Mehdi Taremi reacts after the match. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

<p>Iran’s supporter reacts after their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B football match against Portugal at Mordovia Arena Stadium. The game ended in a 1:1 draw. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images) </p>
Iran’s heartbreak

Iran’s supporter reacts after their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B football match against Portugal at Mordovia Arena Stadium. The game ended in a 1:1 draw. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images)

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<p>Iran’s Mehdi Taremi looks dejected after the match. REUTERS/Matthew Childs </p>
Iran’s heartbreak

Iran’s Mehdi Taremi looks dejected after the match. REUTERS/Matthew Childs

<p>Iran’s supporter reacts after their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B football match against Portugal at Mordovia Arena Stadium. The game ended in a 1:1 draw. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images) </p>
Iran’s heartbreak

Iran’s supporter reacts after their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B football match against Portugal at Mordovia Arena Stadium. The game ended in a 1:1 draw. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images)

<p>Iran’s players after their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B football match against Portugal at Mordovia Arena Stadium. The game ended in a 1:1 draw. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images) </p>
Iran’s heartbreak

Iran’s players after their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B football match against Portugal at Mordovia Arena Stadium. The game ended in a 1:1 draw. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images)

<p>Iran fans look dejected after the match. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado </p>
Iran’s heartbreak

Iran fans look dejected after the match. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

<p>Iran fans look dejected after the match. REUTERS/Matthew Childs </p>
Iran’s heartbreak

Iran fans look dejected after the match. REUTERS/Matthew Childs

<p>The IR Iran players lie dejectedly on the pitch at the end of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Iran and Portugal at Mordovia Arena on June 25, 2018 in Saransk, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images) </p>
Iran’s heartbreak

The IR Iran players lie dejectedly on the pitch at the end of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Iran and Portugal at Mordovia Arena on June 25, 2018 in Saransk, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

<p>Iran’s supporter reacts after their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B football match against Portugal at Mordovia Arena Stadium. The game ended in a 1:1 draw. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images) </p>
Iran’s heartbreak

Iran’s supporter reacts after their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B football match against Portugal at Mordovia Arena Stadium. The game ended in a 1:1 draw. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images)

<p>Iran’s supporter reacts after their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B football match against Portugal at Mordovia Arena Stadium. The game ended in a 1:1 draw. Mikhail Japaridze/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Japaridze\TASS via Getty Images) </p>
Iran’s heartbreak

Iran’s supporter reacts after their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B football match against Portugal at Mordovia Arena Stadium. The game ended in a 1:1 draw. Mikhail Japaridze/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Japaridze\TASS via Getty Images)

<p>Iran’s players after their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B football match against Portugal at Mordovia Arena Stadium. The game ended in a 1:1 draw. Mikhail Japaridze/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Japaridze\TASS via Getty Images) </p>
Iran’s heartbreak

Iran’s players after their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B football match against Portugal at Mordovia Arena Stadium. The game ended in a 1:1 draw. Mikhail Japaridze/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Japaridze\TASS via Getty Images)

<p>Iran’s Sardar Azmoun reacts after their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B football match against Portugal at Mordovia Arena Stadium. The game ended in a 1:1 draw. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images) </p>
Iran’s heartbreak

Iran’s Sardar Azmoun reacts after their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B football match against Portugal at Mordovia Arena Stadium. The game ended in a 1:1 draw. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images)

<p>Iran’s player after their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B football match against Portugal at Mordovia Arena Stadium. The game ended in a 1:1 draw. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images) </p>
Iran’s heartbreak

Iran’s player after their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B football match against Portugal at Mordovia Arena Stadium. The game ended in a 1:1 draw. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images)

<p>Rashid Mazaheri of IR Iran walks off at the end of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Iran and Portugal at Mordovia Arena on June 25, 2018 in Saransk, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images) </p>
Iran’s heartbreak

Rashid Mazaheri of IR Iran walks off at the end of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Iran and Portugal at Mordovia Arena on June 25, 2018 in Saransk, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

<p>Iran’s supporter reacts after their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B football match against Portugal at Mordovia Arena Stadium. The game ended in a 1:1 draw. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images) </p>
Iran’s heartbreak

Iran’s supporter reacts after their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B football match against Portugal at Mordovia Arena Stadium. The game ended in a 1:1 draw. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images)

<p>Iran’s Milad Mohammadi (L) and Majid Hosseini after their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B football match against Portugal at Mordovia Arena Stadium. The game ended in a 1:1 draw. Mikhail Japaridze/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Japaridze\TASS via Getty Images) </p>
Iran’s heartbreak

Iran’s Milad Mohammadi (L) and Majid Hosseini after their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B football match against Portugal at Mordovia Arena Stadium. The game ended in a 1:1 draw. Mikhail Japaridze/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Japaridze\TASS via Getty Images)

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