Iranian indoor footballers played a crowd-pleasing game but lost to the world champion.
In front of some 5,000 home fans in a Santander hall, northern Spain, the host defeated the Iranian team 6-2.
Iran played cautiously in the first half and lost 4-1 as top goalscorer of Asia, Vahid Shamsaei, scored the sole goal in the 17th minute. Spain slotted home in the 16th, 18, 19th, and 23rd minutes.
After the break, Iran had a better performance and and managed to grab the second in the 5th minute of the second half when Shamsaei netted but this was Javier Sanchez who hit two in the second and fourth minutes. Spectators cheered Iranian players for their high skills.
Iran and Spain play their second friendly on Tuesday. Spain has so far succeeded in lifting the world title once and the European trophy two times and Iran is the four-times champion of Asia.
... Payvand News - 4/29/03 ... --