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Queiroz says the real Asian Cup starts now

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Iran and Iraq tied 0-0 in Matchday 3 of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, and the Iranian team is now ready for the next stage of the competition.

Iran and Iraq tied 0-0 today as the Iranian team ended up on the first place of Group D in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

And Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has said that the real competition starts now.

“I have no energy now. It was so intense, but it was played in good spirits. There was a lot of excitement in both teams,” Queiroz told The Khaleej Times.

“We controlled the game. In the first half, we played better. We created two chances. The second half, it was 50-50. At the end of the day, for the commitment and the effort from both teams, I think the draw was a fair result.”

“We played a very good game against a very tough team. My players came out with great character,” Queiroz added.

“When it’s necessary to play, they play. When it’s necessary to fight, they fight. Now they must be ready to play the game that is in front of them.”

“We will try to be mentally fresh for the next game because now the real Asian Cup starts. From now on, only the team that wins will survive,” the Iran coach said.

“For us, our goal was to qualify. After the first two games, we felt that we could be top of the group. Another goal was to give the opportunity to some players against Iraq. We made five changes. All of them showed that they are ready to compete.”