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Iran's coach Ali Daei blames UAE draw on referee

Report by Press TV

Iran's coach points the finger of blame for his sides draw in a WC qualifier against the UAE at the referee, saying he dropped two points.

"We could have won the game if the referee had not made mistakes. He did not make two penalty decisions for the Iranian side," Ali Daei said at a joint press conference after the match on Wednesday.

According to Iran's boss, the Iranian outfit failed to show a good performance in the first half but played well in the second half and thus deserved to win the match.

"We conceded a first-half goal because our players lacked coordination. However, we displayed a better performance in the second half and scored the equalizer thanks to the substitutions," he added.

The UAE coach Dominique Bathenay, however, said his side was not lucky enough to win the match.

"Our players tried their best but we couldn't gain victory due to bad luck," Bathenay said.

"If the UAE team had played like this in its previous matches, we would not be in such a difficult condition now," he added.

Iran was held to a 1-1 draw by the United Arab Emirates in its third World Cup qualifying match on Wednesday night.

The two teams had also tied 0-0 in the Iranian capital Tehran in the first leg.

Iran is in Group B of the final Asian qualifying round, competing with Saudi Arabia, North Korea, South Korea and the UAE.

South Korea currently leads the table on 7 points. Iran sits second with 5 points while North Korea and Saudi Arabia are third and fourth with 4 points. UAE is at the bottom of the group with only 1 point.

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