The goalkeeper of the Iranian team, Alireza Beiranvand, may have felt a bit relieved and comforted after he stopped a penalty from none other than Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
Though Iran did not reach the knockout round, the marvellous feat has brought him laurels. At that point, the Portuguese were leading by one goal. The goalie’s save however spurred them to fight back and earn a 1-1 draw.
But, the alert Beiranvad has certainly seized the spotlight with his performance. He dived to his left at the right moment to foil Portugal’s star forward. Ronaldo may not have been devoid of confidence while taking the penalty, but Iran’s goalie wasn’t nervous either. His sheer determination to inspire the team and earn the nation’s respect will not go unappreciated for long.