Iran was clearly the better team today, but the better teams don't always win. I for one still think Iran overall is still better than the Uzbek team but the gap is getting smaller and one game does not define your true strength. Iran failed to capitailze on their many opportunities. I however disagree with Mani regarding the referee- both calls were fully legit and some Iranian players were lucky to get away with no yellow cards. It just seems the Uzbeks wanted the victory more and depite missing out four key play makers they pulled it off. Note: Ali Karima is not a factor since he was absent in the SK game and Iran yet won.