Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Iran trounces UAE to reach FIFA U-17 final

The Iranian football team maintained a 100% record with a decisive 3-0 victory against the Persian Gulf tiny rival UAE in the AFC U-16 semi-finals on Wednesday.
The first half ended in a draw in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, but Bahram Dabbagh in the 60th minute, Akbar Imani in the 76th minute and Kaveh Rezaei in the 90th minute sealed a valuable victory for Iran.

Amir Abdollah and Mohammad Khalil from Emirates were sent off by the Vietnamese referee Ming in the final minutes.

Iran has already defeated Bahrain, Uzbekistan, Singapore and Syria. The team will face the winner of South Korea and Japan on October 18 in the AFC U-16 final game.

Prior to this, Iran had secured its berth for the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup as one of the 4 top Asian teams who will be participating in the tournaments.

Nigeria will be hosting the FIFA U-17 World Cup next year.

The Iranian squad was absent in the three past editions of FIFA U-17 World Cup in Finland, Peru and South Korea due to the failure of qualification, while its latest and only apperance in FIFA U-17 World Cup returns to 2001 where the matches were held in Trinidad and Tobago.

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