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

Vietnam 0-2 IR Iran

Abu Dhabi: The Islamic Republic of Iran assured themselves of a spot in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Round of 16 on Saturday, as an ultimately convincing 2-0 win over Vietnam also saw them underline their position at the top of Group D.

At a wonderfully atmospheric Al Nahyan Stadium, two goals from Sardar Azmoun ensured the Iranians made it six points from six – an impressive start to a campaign which has now seen the three-time champions of Asia guarantee their progress to the knockout phase along with Iraq who beat Yemen in the group’s later game.

With one round of matches still to come, Vietnam must beat Yemen to stand any chance of sealing their place in the next round as one of the best third-place finishers.

Fresh from a 5-0 defeat of Yemen on Matchday One, Iran enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the opening moments and it was they who spurned the first genuine opportunity, Vahid Amiri somehow failing to apply a finishing touch at the far post following captain Ashkan Dejagah’s 11th minute corner.

Vietnam goalkeeper Dang Van Lâm then denied Saman Ghoddos with a sprawling save, before the custodian produced another fine stop to repel a fierce Azmoun drive shortly before the half-hour mark.

With Iran on top and Vietnam unable to launch a cohesive attack of their own, the almost inevitable breakthrough came on 38 minutes, Azmoun rising highest to head home a pinpoint Ghoddos cross and send his side into the half-time break holding a crucial, if slender, lead.

Despite their first half woes, Vietnam began the second period brightly, and they could – very possibly should – have drawn level in the 52nd minute when substitute Nguyen Van Toàn’s pass found Nguyen Công Phuong, whose shot from 12 yards was parried to safety by the advancing Alireza Beiranvand.

Moments later, the irrepressible Azmoun forced Van Lâm into another fine save only to see Mehdi Taremi lash the subsequent rebound wide of the target when well placed.

Iran, clearly intent on scoring a second, continued to press, and their patience was duly rewarded on 68 minutes, Azmoun neatly gathering a Mahdi Torabi pass and firing past Van Lâm to extend his side’s advantage and register his third goal of the tournament.

Nguyen Quang Hai curled a late effort narrowly off target, but it mattered little to Iran as they held on to register a record ninth successive AFC Asian Cup group stage victory to further reinforce their title credentials.

Iran are set to complete their group stage fixtures against Iraq – with pole position up for grabs – next Wednesday in Dubai. Vietnam are scheduled to face Yemen in Al Ain on the same day.

 

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

Vietnam 0-2 IR Iran #AFCAsianCup2019

Abu Dhabi: The Islamic Republic of Iran assured themselves of a spot in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Round of 16 on Saturday, as an ultimately convincing 2-0 win over Vietnam also saw them underline their position at the top of Group D.

At a wonderfully atmospheric Al Nahyan Stadium, two goals from Sardar Azmoun ensured the Iranians made it six points from six – an impressive start to a campaign which has now seen the three-time champions of Asia guarantee their progress to the knockout phase along with Iraq who beat Yemen in the group’s later game.

With one round of matches still to come, Vietnam must beat Yemen to stand any chance of sealing their place in the next round as one of the best third-place finishers.

Fresh from a 5-0 defeat of Yemen on Matchday One, Iran enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the opening moments and it was they who spurned the first genuine opportunity, Vahid Amiri somehow failing to apply a finishing touch at the far post following captain Ashkan Dejagah’s 11th minute corner.

Vietnam goalkeeper Dang Van Lâm then denied Saman Ghoddos with a sprawling save, before the custodian produced another fine stop to repel a fierce Azmoun drive shortly before the half-hour mark.

With Iran on top and Vietnam unable to launch a cohesive attack of their own, the almost inevitable breakthrough came on 38 minutes, Azmoun rising highest to head home a pinpoint Ghoddos cross and send his side into the half-time break holding a crucial, if slender, lead.

Despite their first half woes, Vietnam began the second period brightly, and they could – very possibly should – have drawn level in the 52nd minute when substitute Nguyen Van Toàn’s pass found Nguyen Công Phuong, whose shot from 12 yards was parried to safety by the advancing Alireza Beiranvand.

Moments later, the irrepressible Azmoun forced Van Lâm into another fine save only to see Mehdi Taremi lash the subsequent rebound wide of the target when well placed.

Iran, clearly intent on scoring a second, continued to press, and their patience was duly rewarded on 68 minutes, Azmoun neatly gathering a Mahdi Torabi pass and firing past Van Lâm to extend his side’s advantage and register his third goal of the tournament.

Nguyen Quang Hai curled a late effort narrowly off target, but it mattered little to Iran as they held on to register a record ninth successive AFC Asian Cup group stage victory to further reinforce their title credentials.

Iran are set to complete their group stage fixtures against Iraq – with pole position up for grabs – next Wednesday in Dubai. Vietnam are scheduled to face Yemen in Al Ain on the same day.

 

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

Iran qualify for Russia FIFA World Cup 2018

Tehran: Goals from Sardar Azmoun and Mehdi Taremi earned Islamic Republic of Iran their place at the finals of the FIFA World Cup in Russia next year as Carlos Queiroz’s team downed Uzbekistan 2-0 at the Azadi Stadium on Monday.

Azmoun’s goal in the 23rd minute put Team Melli in control before Taremi’s goal two minutes from time secured all three points for the Iranians, who kept an 11th consecutive clean sheet of the campaign.

Iran’s fifth appearance at the FIFA World Cup was secured when Azmoun latched on to Alireza Jahanbakhsh’s through ball before rolling his effort under Aleksandr Lobanov as the Uzbek keeper raced off his line.

Masoud Shojaei could have made the result safe five minutes into the second-half when Iran were awarded a penalty, but the midfielder curled his spot-kick over the bar.

Taremi claimed the decisive second in the 88th minute when he stepped inside the Uzbekistan defence before curling his shot into the bottom corner as Iran booked their ticket for a fifth World Cup.

Source : Asian Football Confederation Website