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Iran beats UAE with last gasp goal at Asian Cup

Iran beats UAE with last gasp goal at Asian Cup

The two sides had already secured their places in the quarter-final.
 
Carlos Queiroz's Iran enjoyed the better of the first-half chances at the Suncorp Stadium, with Sardar Azmoun.
 
The second half proved something of a war of attrition as clear-cut chances were few and far between, but UAE's brave resistance was undone at the last.
 
The Emirati football team will now face the winner of Group D, meaning a likely last-eight clash with defending champion Japan, while Iran tackle the runner-up from that pool, which concludes on Tuesday.
 
UAE controlled the opening stages and Khamis Esmail fired an early warning in the sixth minute with a long-range shot that flashed past the left-hand post.
 
Iran settled into their stride, though, and Azmoun felt he should have had a penalty when he went to ground under a challenge from Majed Naser, but the goalkeeper appeared to make contact with the ball first, Goal.com wrote. 
 
Azmoun was proving a particular nuisance to the UAE defence and only a deflection prevented his side-footed effort from the edge of the box from troubling the goalkeeper.
 
Mohanad Salem was then on hand to make a crucial block from Azmoun's back-post header as Iran turned the screw at the end of the half.
 
UAE saw claims for a penalty dismissed by referee Ryuji Sato shortly after the restart as Habib Fardan Abdualla was sandwiched between the Iran centre-backs and went to ground.
 
At the other end, Azmoun continued to cause problems for the UAE defence, the Rubin Kazan striker rose to meet an Andranik Teymourian's corner, but the delivery was just two high and he skewed his header wide.
 
UAE briefly threatened themselves and Esmail's fierce free-kick flashed wide, while Ali Ahmed Mabkhout crashed an effort over the crossbar from the edge of the box with 15 minutes remaining.
 
Just when it looked like the game would finish all square, Iran had the last say. UAE failed to clean their lines from a corner and, when the ball was played back into the box, Ghoochannejhad nodded past Naser.
 
The Player of the Match Reza Ghoochannejhad was one of those aces Queiroz referred to, winning the game in the 91st minute off the bench. Iran's last-eight opponents will likely be Iraq in what could be a highly-charged affair in Canberra. 
 
“Congratulations to both teams but I think Iran was more efficient today,” said the Kuwait-based Ghoochannejhad. “Luckily we scored in the dying seconds. Our team showed amazing spirit and chemistry. Right now everyone is happy but we have to focus on the upcoming days. 
 
“There is still a chance we play Japan, but it’ll probably be Iraq. If we play Iraq it’s up to the coach. We trust the coach that tactically, he’ll come up with very strong organization, with a good plan and we just have to do what he asks from us on the pitch.”
tehrantimes.com


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