News ID: 201027
Published: 0320 GMT September 22, 2017

Iran, team to beat in Ashgabat

Iran, team to beat in Ashgabat

An exciting match awaits on Saturday as Iran will face Thailand in the quarterfinals of the Ashgabat 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games men's futsal.

Iran booked its place after beating Kyrgyz Republic 10-0 on Thursday to top Group D as Japan, the other undefeated side in the competition, avoided facing the defending champion by beating Thailand 6-4 in Group C, reported.

Iran’s Saeid Ahmad-Abbasi and Farhad Tavakkoli stole the show with eight goals between them while Ahmad Esmaeilpour scored the 10th goal a minute before the final whistle.

Ahmad-Abbasi finished with five goals scoring in the ninth, 11th, 18th, 23rd and 32nd minutes while Tavakkoli fired three in the 17th, 24th and 34th minutes.

Kyrgyz Republic’s Dilshat Kadyrov conceded an own goal in the 27th minute.

Ahmad-Abbasi who has scored six goals in the competition, said his teammates are focused on their fifth title.

"Every match we played against Thailand has always been difficult and very hard. We are concentrated on the next one and we have to remember we are the (reigning) champion and we came here to win one more time," said Ahmad-Abbasi.

"It doesn't matter which team is on our way. We are just concentrated and focused on the title," he added.

Also in the quarterfinals, Japan will face Jordan on Saturday while Afghanistan and Vietnam will be playing the other tie of the last eight and Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan square off in a Central Asian fixture.


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