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When Iranian female football fans cheered their team at a Tehran stadium

Iranian football supporters wave their national flags as they cheer for their national team during a screening of the Russia 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Iran and Spain in Azadi stadium in the capital Tehran on June 20, 2018.

Iranian football supporters wave their national flags as they cheer for their national team during a screening of the Russia 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Iran and Spain in Azadi stadium in the capital Tehran on June 20, 2018.   | Photo Credit: AFP

On Wednesday, Iranian female fans entered the Azadi stadium in Tehran to watch their team play Spain in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The last time women were allowed to watch a football match in the country was in 1979.

BBC reported that the women arrived at the stadium to the sound of horns, chanting and waving flags, before they watched the match live on a television screen. Iran lost 1-0 to Spain after putting up a spirited fight, and the women celebrated, clicking selfies inside the ground, which went viral on social media. The Iranian football team tweeted a photo of a young woman in the stands holding the national flag.

When Iranian female football fans cheered their team at a Tehran stadium
 

Female fans hope they will be allowed into the stadium again on Monday for Iran’s late night match against Portugal. FIFA president Gianni Infantino said in May that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had told him that there were plans to allow women to attend football matches in the country soon.

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