"The Quds paper said, Argentina won because of the referee, while the government-run Iran daily lamented Iranian stars: victims of injustice."
Tehran, June 23 - Iranian press praised their football team's performance in the FIFA World Cup match against Argentina but expressed their dissatisfaction about the unjust referee who ignored a penalty appeal for Iran.
Iran's media believed Serbian referee Milorad Mazic did not give a penalty which if awarded could have been changed the Group F encounter's result, reports Xinhua.
Iran defended bravely against Argentina during the entire game except for a deadly strike from Lionel Messi in injury time.
Iran local newspaper Jam-e-Jam headlined, Argentina + the referee 1, Iran 0, while covering the news, and published a photo of Iranian forward Ashkan Dejagah blocked down in the box by Argentine defender Pablo Zabaleta.
The Quds paper said, Argentina won because of the referee, while the government-run Iran daily lamented Iranian stars: victims of injustice.
Though defeated, Iran still satisfied Tehran football fans that went on streets and celebrated the great show which the 7 Sobh daily called the most beautiful display of Iran's football history.