Iran Beats Nepal at 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup Qualification

Iran Beats Nepal at 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup Qualification

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran started the 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup qualification with a 4-0 win over Nepal on Monday.

Mehdi Limouchi opened the scoring for Iran one minute into the second half.

Hossein Nokhodkar found the back of the net twice in the 77th and 78th minute and Yasin Salmani scored Iran’s fourth goal in the injury time.

Iran will meet Lebanon and South Korea on Thursday and Sunday respectively.

South Korea is the defending champion of the competition. It has been a highly competitive tournament as no nation has won the trophy twice.

A total of 42 teams will be competing in the qualifiers including hosts Uzbekistan. However, its results will not be taken into account when the group ranking will be decided.

The 42 teams have been divided into 11 groups. The qualifiers will take place in 10 countries across Asia. Each team will play once against each other in the group. The 11 group-winners will directly qualify for the main event, while the four-best runners-up will also go through.

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