Carlos Queiroz insists Iran will go for victory against Qatar

Team Melli have already sealed their progress to the next round of World Cup qualifying in Asia, but their Portuguese boss wants no let-up against Qatar
Iran coach Carlos Queiroz insists his players won't take Wednesday's 'dead rubber' World Cup qualifier against Qatar easy and wants them to win at all costs.

The former Real Madrid coach expects a strong perfomance from his side who have already secured their progress into the fourth round of World Cup qualifying through Asia with one game to play.

Meanwhile, Qatar need a result to seal their progression, with Iran's rivals Bahrain in the running to take their spot if they slip up.

Queiroz said that his players must honour the match, despite having already booked their ticket to the next round.

“I will play a strong team against Qatar. We're going to win the game and take a step closer to the final round,” Queiroz told reporters.

“We were held against Jordan in a friendly but we came from two goals behind to draw 2-2 and it means our players don't give up hope.”

The 58-year-old made just one change to his 27-man squad that drew 2-2 against Jordan on Thursday, with midfielder Mehrdad Pouladi added to the roster after striker Reza Norouzi suffered a foot injury in midweek.

Meanwhile, uncapped former Germany youth international striker Ashkan Dejagah is expected to link up with the Iran squad on Monday ahead of the match, along with Osasuna's Javad Nekounam.

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