AFC U-20 Futsal Championship: Iran Reaches Semis
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iran sealed a 6-2 victory over Lebanon at the Hua Mark Indoor Stadium on Monday to secure its semi-final place at the AFC U-20 Futsal Championship 2017.
Hussein Albaba gave Lebanon the lead in the fourth minute, prompting an immediate response from Iran through Omid Khani. Further goals from Hamzeh Kadkhoda, captain Touhid Lotfi and a Lebanon own-goal just before the break gave Iran a comfortable 4-1 lead heading into half-time.
Mohammad Taheri eventually added to Iran’s tally in the second-half, but Lebanon continued to press hard to try to find a way back into the game and was rewarded when Steve Koukezian received a neat back-heel to slot past the Iran keeper.
The Iranian team responded immediately with a headed goal from Lotfi, his second of the game, making it 6-2 with five minutes remaining.
Ali Sanei’s team will play Thailand on Wednesday.