News ID: 193548
Published: 0719 GMT May 26, 2017

Iran Seals AFC U-20 Futsal Championship title

Iran Seals AFC U-20 Futsal Championship title

An ecstatic Iran claimed the inaugural AFC U-20 Futsal Championship title on Friday thanks to a narrow 2-0 win over Iraq at the Bangkok Arena.

The victory was Iran’s seventh straight success at the tournament, an imperious run of form that leaves the country proud owner of both the U-20 and senior AFC Futsal Championship crowns, the-afc.com reported.

With all to play for and a large measure of national pride on the line, it was to be Sahand Rezapour who opened the scoring for Iran in the fourth minute, before Iraq – which was playing more offensively compared to its recent matches – came close to restoring parity through a Moamin Fawzi free-kick which goalkeeper Abolfazi Shabazi did well to save.

However, disaster was to strike for Iraq shortly after, Zaid Ali’s seemingly innocuous tackle somehow finding its way into his own goal to hand the Iranians a two-goal advantage midway through the first half.

Iran defended resolutely and maintained its lead going into the break, with Mohammad Jame' and skipper Tohid Lotfi’s excellent partnership in the final third then threatening to put the game beyond Iraq after the restart.

With time running out, Iraq head coach Ali Talib’s side switched to a power play, a bold move that came close to reaping dividends and providing a glimmer of hope when Hasan Kadhim’s last minute shot fizzed narrowly wide.

However, it was not to be as an impressive Iran resolutely held on to seal the title and emphatically underline the country’s futsal prowess.

Goals:

Iran: Rezapour 4’, Ali 10’ (OG)

 

   
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