1006 GMT September 18, 2019
Mohammad Nazemosharia’s men took their tally to 43 goals in the tournament as they swept past a Thailand side which couldn’t reproduce its opening half performance, the-afc.com reported.
Iran, which is unbeaten in the tournament, was down by a goal in the second minute as Thailand took the lead through Jirawat Sornwichian.
The defending champion equalized in the fifth from Mohammadreza Sangsefidi’s strike. But Thailand responded four minutes later through Sorasak Phoonjungreed.
Abolqasem Orouji hit back in the 12th to level the score at 2-2 but both teams were left with a man down in the 13th minute after Thailand's Kritsada Wongkaeoand and Sangsefidi picked up their second yellow cards.
Iran however, never looked back after that, scoring four more before halftime.
"We are really good at playing three-versus-three, and especially today, we showed our skills at dribbling, we were faster than them and we took advantage of it at the one-on-one occasions," said Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh about the three-versus-three part of the match following a red card for each team.
Goals from Ahmad Esmaeilpour (14th), Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh (18th), Hossein Tayebi (18th) and Farhad Tavakkoli (19th) gave Iran a 6-2 lead at the break.
In the second period, Iran was in cruise control as Tayebi completed his hat-trick with strikes in the 24th and 29th minutes. Mahdi Javid took his tally to eight in the tournament with a goal in the 29th.
Moslem Oladqobad hit the 10th for Iran in the 28th minute while Sornwichian and Apiwat Chaemcharoen added to Thailand’s tally late in the match as the Asian champion ran away with the victory.
"For the first 12-14 minutes we played very well. Then we had chances. After the red card everything changed, said Thailand coach Jose Maria Pazos Mendez after Kritsada Wongkaeo received a 13th-minute red card.
"We lost our concentration in three to four minutes. The game was over. It's not an excuse but the referee allowed too much to them.
"They hit three or four of our players with elbows. They have cuts on their lips," he added.
Yuki Murota's brace also steered Japan into the semifinals after beating Jordan 4-1 in a one-sided match later in the day.