Football is a national passion. Hopes were high that the newly energized Iran team under coach Afshin Ghotbi would book a place in the semi finals of the Asian Cup. It could have been. There were no goals for ninety minutes. Both sides had its chances. But then South Korea scored in extra time, the dream ended, and the national party of celebration that would have followed an Iranian victory was not to be. The frustrating thing for Iranian football supporters is that on paper they probably have the skills and the passion to get further, but it is not happening. A cause for stress.