Iran Earns Second Win at AFC U-20 Futsal Championship
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iran recorded its second victory at the AFC U-20 Futsal Championship with a 5-1 defeat of the United Arab Emirates.
Iran, who defeated Mongolia 6-0 in its opening match, maintained its position as Group D leader.
A tight first-half saw Hamzeh Kadkhoda give Iran the lead after five minutes, but the UAE put in a solid first-half performance to reach the halfway mark with just the one-goal deficit at Bangkok’s Hua Mark Indoor Stadium.
Second-half goals from Madhdi Karimi and Hamid Ghahramani gave Iran a three goal cushion, only for Abdulla Ahmed to pull one back to give the Emiratis some hope.
However a second goal apiece from Ghahramani and Kadkhoda in the final five minutes saw Iran emerge as comfortable match winner, putting them in pole position to qualify for the knockout phase.
Iran's next match will be against China on May 19.