Iran failed to win its semifinal match against Japan in the water polo competitions of the 2018 Asian Games, underway in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, to fight for bronze today in the third-place match against China.
On Friday, Iran, which had defeated Saudi Arabia 15-7 in the quarterfinals, took on powerhouse Japan and conceded a 7-18 defeat, varzesh3.com reported.
The Iranian squad did not put in a convincing performance early into the game and conceded five goals to Nippon.
Later in the game, however, Iranians managed to score seven goals to make the scoreline read 7-18 at the end of the match.
Iran will take on China today in the third-place match. The East Asian side was pipped by Kazakhstan 8-9 in the semifinals.
Japan and Kazakhstan also square off today in the final showdown.
On Sunday, Iran, which had defeated Singapore in its opener, powered past South Korea 16-11.
Iran won the first quarter 5-3 with a two goal edge, but managed to sharply widen the goal gap in the second one, where it got seven more goals and only conceded four, to make the score line read 12-7.
The Iranian squad failed to continue its excellent goal scoring performance in the third quarter to put the ball in only once and give away two goals.
Aleksandar Ćirić’s men, however, continued to dominate the match again in the fourth quarter to win the game 16-11.
In its third match in the tourney, Iran lost 5-9 to Kazakhstan.
The Iranian squad comprises Omid Lotfpour, Shayan Qassemi, Ali Pirouzkhah, Amir-Hossein Keyhani, Mehdi Yazdankhah, Mohammad Javad Abbasi, Arshia Almasi, Peyman Asadi, Soheil Rostamian, Amir Dehdari, Amir-Hossein Rahbar, Hamed Malek Khanbanan and Hossein Khaledi.
The 2018 Asian Games, officially known as the 18th Asian Games, is a pan-Asian multi-sport event which opened on August 18 and will continue until September 2 in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang.
The athletes compete in 465 events across 40 sports and 67 disciplines in these competitions, also known as Jakarta Palembang 2018.