Indonesia Stuns Iran at AFC U-16 Championship
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Indonesia secured a hard-fought 2-0 win over Iran in the opening AFC U-16 Championship Malaysia 2018 Group C match at the National Stadium on Friday.
With the partisan crowd cheering their team on, Indonesia went ahead in the fourth minute when Mochammad Supriadi broke free on the left flank and laid off a square pass to Amiruddin Bagus Alfikri who had the easiest of finishes to put Indonesia in front.
Iran’s best effort in the half came in the 85th minute through a set piece but Hossein Shaverdi’s curling free kick missed its mark by a whisker.
With the referee signaling five minutes of additional time, Indonesia pressured IR Iran at the back and doubled the lead through Amirussin Bagas Arrizqi’s effort in the 90th minute to send the crowd into raptures.
Abbas Chamanian’s team will play India on Monday and face Vietnam three days later.
The 2018 AFC U-16 Championship is the biennial international youth football championship organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for the men's under-16 national teams of Asia.
It takes place in Malaysia, which was appointed as hosts by the AFC on 25 July 2017, between 20 September and 7 October 2018.
The top four teams of the tournament will qualify for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru as the AFC representatives.
Iraq is the defending champion.