China PR 0-3 IR Iran

Abu Dhabi: A consummate performance by Sardar Azmoun laid the foundation for the Islamic Republic of Iran’s 3-0 win over China PR as Team Melli eased into the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 semi-finals on Thursday.

The livewire 24-year-old forward was in superb form throughout, setting up Mehdi Taremi for the Iranian opener and scoring himself to further underline his burgeoning reputation.

Azmoun’s excellence and Iran’s victory saw Carlos Queiroz’s charges make it five wins and as many clean sheets from their five matches at Asia’s premier event, and take a step nearer to claiming the nation’s first Continental title since 1976.

The Iranians are now set to face Japan – albeit minus Taremi who will be suspended after picking up his second yellow card of the competition – in the semi-finals on Monday.

The Iranians then spurned a glorious chance to double their advantage when Mohammad Kanani found Taremi from captain Ashkan Dejagah’s free-kick only to see the Al Gharafa star somehow miss the target from only three yards.

With Omid Ebrahimi pulling the strings to great effect in midfield, Iran’s second was, however, not long in coming, as another long ball caught saw Azmoun out-muscle Liu Yiming before the 24-year-old rounded goalkeeper Yan Junling to score shortly after the half-hour mark.

To their credit, two-time runners-up China held firm in the wake of Azmoun’s strike to head into the interval with a glimmer of hope following what had been an exhilarating first half display by their opponents.

In truth, the pattern of play changed little after the break as Taremi and Kanani looped headers narrowly over the bar, before Alireza Jahanbakhsh curled an effort narrowly wide of Yan’s left-hand upright on 58 minutes.

With China struggling to find a way back into the game, Yan then produced a fine stop to deny Ehsan Hajisafi as Iran threatened to add a third and put the result beyond doubt.

Substitute Yu Dabao missed from close-range with 10 minutes remaining to realistically end Chinese hopes of a revival, leaving Azmoun to depart the scene to a standing ovation in the final moments and Karim Ansarifard to net another for Iran after yet another defensive error.

 

Source : AFC Asian Football Confederation WEBSITE

Iran 5-0 Yemen

Abu Dhabi: A scintillating display from start to finish saw the Islamic Republic of Iran beat Yemen 5-0 on Monday to begin their AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 campaign in fine style.

Mehdi Taremi scored twice as the three-time AFC Asian Cup champions, who reached the quarter-finals last time out in Australia, excelled throughout and underlined their title credentials in what is their 14th consecutive appearance at Asia’s premier competition.

Iran’s success sees them go top of the Group D standings ahead of Tuesday’s encounter between fellow group hopefuls Iraq and Vietnam.

On a night when Iran excelled throughout, it was Yemen – making their debut in the competition as a unified nation – who fashioned the first chance of the game, Ahmed Al Sarori darting into the penalty area and flashing a seventh minute shot narrowly over the bar.

However, the gallant Yemenis were to have no answer to a subsequent, and decidedly bewildering, Iranian spell that saw Carlos Quieroz’s charges score three times in quick succession.

Taremi opened his side’s account in the 12th minute when he converted the rebound after Yemen goalkeeper Saoud Al Sowadi could only push Sardar Azmoun’s long-range effort back into his path.

Tractorsazi star Ashkan Dejagah duly doubled Team Melli’s tally on 23 minutes, the midfielder’s free-kick finding the back of the net via a combination of both woodwork and Al Sowadi, before Taremi bagged his second of the night by heading home Ramin Rezaeian’s pinpoint cross moments later.

With Yemen struggling to contain their opponents, and in the final genuine chance of an enthralling first period, Omid Ebrahimi forced Al Sowadi into a fine diving save as Iran maintained their dominance up until the break.

There was to be little change to the pattern of the game in the second half, and after Al Sowadi had superbly repelled two Azmoun headers, the Rubin Kazan forward finished from close-range on 53 minutes to further extend Iran’s lead.

Iran showed no sign of relenting as the game progressed, with Azmoun only denied by Mudir Abdurabu’s excellent challenge when through on goal, and the seemingly omnipresent frontman crashing a shot against the bar with 14 minutes remaining.

Substitute Saman Ghoddos added a fifth from the edge of the area shortly after, while Mahdi Torabi’s fierce drive struck a post in added time.

Iran will now seek to build on their victory when they face Vietnam at Abu Dhabi’s Al Nahyan Stadium on Sunday, with Yemen set to face Iraq in Sharjah on the same day.

 

Source : AFC Asian Football Confederation Website

#AFCAsianCup2019 China PR 0-3 IR Iran

Abu Dhabi: A consummate performance by Sardar Azmoun laid the foundation for the Islamic Republic of Iran’s 3-0 win over China PR as Team Melli eased into the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 semi-finals on Thursday.

The livewire 24-year-old forward was in superb form throughout, setting up Mehdi Taremi for the Iranian opener and scoring himself to further underline his burgeoning reputation.

Azmoun’s excellence and Iran’s victory saw Carlos Queiroz’s charges make it five wins and as many clean sheets from their five matches at Asia’s premier event, and take a step nearer to claiming the nation’s first Continental title since 1976.

The Iranians are now set to face Japan – albeit minus Taremi who will be suspended after picking up his second yellow card of the competition – in the semi-finals on Monday.

The Iranians then spurned a glorious chance to double their advantage when Mohammad Kanani found Taremi from captain Ashkan Dejagah’s free-kick only to see the Al Gharafa star somehow miss the target from only three yards.

With Omid Ebrahimi pulling the strings to great effect in midfield, Iran’s second was, however, not long in coming, as another long ball caught saw Azmoun out-muscle Liu Yiming before the 24-year-old rounded goalkeeper Yan Junling to score shortly after the half-hour mark.

To their credit, two-time runners-up China held firm in the wake of Azmoun’s strike to head into the interval with a glimmer of hope following what had been an exhilarating first half display by their opponents.

In truth, the pattern of play changed little after the break as Taremi and Kanani looped headers narrowly over the bar, before Alireza Jahanbakhsh curled an effort narrowly wide of Yan’s left-hand upright on 58 minutes.

With China struggling to find a way back into the game, Yan then produced a fine stop to deny Ehsan Hajisafi as Iran threatened to add a third and put the result beyond doubt.

Substitute Yu Dabao missed from close-range with 10 minutes remaining to realistically end Chinese hopes of a revival, leaving Azmoun to depart the scene to a standing ovation in the final moments and Karim Ansarifard to net another for Iran after yet another defensive error.

 

Source : AFC Asian Football Confederation WEBSITE

#AFCAsianCup2019 IR Iran 5 – 0 Yemen

bu Dhabi: A scintillating display from start to finish saw the Islamic Republic of Iran beat Yemen 5-0 on Monday to begin their AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 campaign in fine style.

Mehdi Taremi scored twice as the three-time AFC Asian Cup champions, who reached the quarter-finals last time out in Australia, excelled throughout and underlined their title credentials in what is their 14th consecutive appearance at Asia’s premier competition.

Iran’s success sees them go top of the Group D standings ahead of Tuesday’s encounter between fellow group hopefuls Iraq and Vietnam.

On a night when Iran excelled throughout, it was Yemen – making their debut in the competition as a unified nation – who fashioned the first chance of the game, Ahmed Al Sarori darting into the penalty area and flashing a seventh minute shot narrowly over the bar.

However, the gallant Yemenis were to have no answer to a subsequent, and decidedly bewildering, Iranian spell that saw Carlos Quieroz’s charges score three times in quick succession.

Taremi opened his side’s account in the 12th minute when he converted the rebound after Yemen goalkeeper Saoud Al Sowadi could only push Sardar Azmoun’s long-range effort back into his path.

Tractorsazi star Ashkan Dejagah duly doubled Team Melli’s tally on 23 minutes, the midfielder’s free-kick finding the back of the net via a combination of both woodwork and Al Sowadi, before Taremi bagged his second of the night by heading home Ramin Rezaeian’s pinpoint cross moments later.

With Yemen struggling to contain their opponents, and in the final genuine chance of an enthralling first period, Omid Ebrahimi forced Al Sowadi into a fine diving save as Iran maintained their dominance up until the break.

There was to be little change to the pattern of the game in the second half, and after Al Sowadi had superbly repelled two Azmoun headers, the Rubin Kazan forward finished from close-range on 53 minutes to further extend Iran’s lead.

Iran showed no sign of relenting as the game progressed, with Azmoun only denied by Mudir Abdurabu’s excellent challenge when through on goal, and the seemingly omnipresent frontman crashing a shot against the bar with 14 minutes remaining.

Substitute Saman Ghoddos added a fifth from the edge of the area shortly after, while Mahdi Torabi’s fierce drive struck a post in added time.

Iran will now seek to build on their victory when they face Vietnam at Abu Dhabi’s Al Nahyan Stadium on Sunday, with Yemen set to face Iraq in Sharjah on the same day.

 

Source : AFC Asian Football Confederation Website

Russia Asian Qualifiers : Iran 1 – 0 China

Tehran: Islamic Republic of Iran took another step towards confirming their participation in the finals of the FIFA World Cup in Russia 2018 with a 1-0 win over China PR at the Azadi Stadium on Tuesday.

Mehdi Taremi scored the only goal of the game just seconds after the start of the second half when his low show from eight yards out slipped under Chinese goalkeeper Zeng Cheng to give Carlos Queiroz’s side their fifth win in seven games.

The Iranians continue to lead Group A with 17 points, four more than Korea Republic in second place and seven ahead of third-placed Uzbekistan, who are facing Qatar later in the evening.

Source : Asian Football Confederation Website

Russia 2018/UAE 2019 qualifiers : India 0 – 3 Iran

Bangalore: Iran went top of the 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying Group D table on Tuesday thanks to a 3-0 win over India.

Goals from Sardar Azmoun, Andranik Teymourian and Mehdi Taremi proved the difference as Carlos Queiroz’s side claimed their second win of the campaign to move ahead of Oman and Guam who had earlier drawn 0-0, on goal difference.

Despite the backing of a passionate home crowd, India fell behind in the 28th minute, Azmoun leaping highest to head home a pinpoint Teymourian free-kick.

Bloodied and yet unbowed, India defended resolutely for the remainder of the first half, but were undone within a minute of the second period starting when Taremi made the most of slack play by the Indian rearguard before finding Iranian captain Teymourian who fired home past goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.

Iran rubberstamped their victory some three minutes later as yet more hesitancy in the India defence saw Omid Ebrahimi find Taremi who finished with aplomb to effectively end the game as a contest.

The group winners and four best runners-up (total 12 teams) will advance to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup finals and the final round of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The next best 24 teams from the preliminary stage of the joint qualifiers will compete in a separate competition for the remaining slots (12 slots or 11 slots + 1 slot for the host) in the 24-team 2019 Asian Cup.

 

Asian Football Confederation