Jun 16, 2014, 5:24 PM
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Iran's Davari 'dreams' of reaching round of final 16 at World Cup

Berlin, Jun 16, IRNA -- Iranian national team goalie Daniel Davari said it would be a 'dream', if his team reaches the second round of the World Cup in Brazil.

'To reach the next round would simply be a dream,' Davari told the German sports website sport 1.

We can spring a surprise with 'a good team spirit and the necessary belief in our own strength,' he added.

Iran will face African champs Nigeria later tonight as part of the Group F encounters which include also football giants Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Davari said Iran's role as an underdog in its group could actually serve the team's goals since the other teams are underestimating his squad.

That could be our chance, the 26-year-old goalie reiterated.

Davari stressed it was his team's 'damn duty' to do all it could to please millions of Iranian football fans.

Iran has yet to move beyond the group stage after qualifying for the World Cup in 1978 (Argentina), 1998 (France) and 2006 (Germany).