News ID: 168848
Published: 0728 GMT September 17, 2016

Iran’s men snatch silver in Rio’s football 7-a-side tourney

Iran’s men snatch silver in Rio’s football 7-a-side tourney
Members of Iran’s football 7-a-side team pose with their silver medals after losing the final to Ukraine 1-2 on day nine of Rio 2016 Paralympics in Brazil on September 16, 2016.

Iran’s men lost the final of the football 7-a-side tournament of the Rio 2016 Paralympics to Ukraine to collect silver on day nine of the Games in Brazil.

On Friday, the Iranian side conceded two goals and  scored only one at the Deodoro Stadium, to finish in the second place, Press TV reported.

The Iranian team comprised goalkeeper Babak Safari Kour-AbbasloU, defenders Hashem Rastegari Mobin, Lotfollah Jangjou as well as midfielders Farzad Mehri, Hossein Tizbor and Mehdi Jamali Jasem Bakhshi in its initial lineup.

In the first 10 minutes after the kicking off of the match, the Ukrainian side exerted pressure on Iran’s goal. The Persians gradually decreased the Ukrainians’ pressure and got hold of the game to represent themselves a power to be reckoned with.

Some 24 minutes into the match, Iran’s Safari kicked the ball out of the penalty area, but, two minutes later, a shot by Ukrainian midfielder Antoniuk Volodymyr, 37, shot found Iran’s net.

After the break, Iranian players could have scored the equalizer as they had built up pressure on their opponent’s goalpost and but they did not quite get there.

Some 50 minutes into the match, Iran could level the score at 1-1, when Jamali hit the back of the net with a side-footed curling shot from behind the penalty arc.

The two teams consented to resume the game in extra-time, as they failed to score the winner by the end of the second half.

Artem Krasylnykov, 25, put Ukraine ahead in the 65th minute when he sailed the ball past Safari and into Iran’s net.

Two minutes later, Jamali squandered a marvelous opportunity and failed to net in a one-on-one position.

Despite their considerable efforts in the second half of the extra-time, the Iranians could not score the equalizer.

Earlier in the day, host Brazil emerged victorious against the Netherlands in the tournament’s third place playoff to receive bronze.

Resource: Press TV
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