Iranian Women Allowed To Watch World Cup Broadcast in Tehran's Azadi Stadium

Cristiano Ronaldo became only the fourth player in the World Cups to score a hattrick

Cristiano Ronaldo became only the fourth player in the World Cups to score a hattrick

The prospect of watching the second match against Spain was then raised on Wednesday, when local media began to announce women and families could watch the match on a big screen in the nation's largest stadium.

Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in Portugal's 3-3 draw with Spain their World Cup opener, including a stunning free-kick on the stroke of full-time.

The U-turn by Tehran provincial council came after the 1-0 win over Morocco saw tens of thousands take to the streets of the capital in rare and wild celebration, many of them women.

The landmark event didn't go without a controversy, however, after police blocked the entrance to the stadium just three hours before the kick-off saying that the live broadcast had been cancelled due to operational reasons.

"We were in the sauna [before the match against Spain] and I started to shave and I left the goatee - I said if I score tomorrow I would leave it for the rest of the tournament".

Fans, however, remained outside, until the country's Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli intervened and ordered that they are let in.

The official Twitter account of Iran's national team posted a photo of a female spectator in the stadium's stands holding an Iranian flag, with a caption: "Azadi Stadium, now!"

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