Azadi Stadium: Iran women celebrate despite World Cup loss to Spain

    Am Iranian woman cheers for her national team during Wednesday's screening at Azadi Stadium.

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    • Spain 1-0 Iran
    • Iranian women allowed to enter stadium in Tehran

    (CNN)Iran may have suffered defeat in their second World Cup game at Russia 2018, but the occasion could yet prove to be a huge victory for Iranian women back home.

    The Iranian national team's official Twitter accounted posted a photo of a female football fan in the stands of the Azadi Stadium in Tehran, holding a flag as she watched her team play Spain via a broadcast. Iran lost a closely-fought game 1-0.
      Pictures from photo agencies show Iranian football fans -- both men and women -- arriving at the Azadi Stadium dressed in their national team's colors.
      Iranian women can be seen blowing horns, while others posed for a selfie to record the moment.
      Previously, Iran has banned women from watching men's sporting events and breaking the rules could result in arrest, fines or even imprisonment.