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Iran reaches Asian futsal final after defeating Kuwait 10-2

Iran proved formidable as it extended winning streak with an amazing 10-2 victory over Kuwait in a semifinal of the 5th Asian Futsal Championships in Tehran on Monday, IRNA reported.

The four-time Asian champion, Iran, fields its highly-skilled players in the final showdown against Japan in the 12,000-seater hall of Azadi Sports Complex, 10 km west of Tehran, Tuesday.

In front of over 10,000 partisan fans, Kazem Mohammadi put Iran ahead in the sixth minute and doubled his own and side's scoring one minute later.

The blue-clad Kuwait keeper was forced to take the ball out of the net in the 12th minute as hamid Shandizi fired home.

Saeid Abdollah-Nejadian netted two minutes later, giving Iran a first-half 4-0 lead.

Top goalscorer of Asian and the new signing of Italy's Lazio, Vahid Shamsaei celebrated his double in the first and second minutes after the break and Abdollah-Nejadian scored his second and Iran's seventh goal after eight minutes into the second half.

Majid Reissi, Hamid Shandizi, and Mohsen Zarei scored a goal apiece every three minutes to complete the Kuwait rout.

Kuwait pulled one back from the penalty spot three minutes from the normal time and Adel Hussain slotted home the second one minute later.

On Tuesday, Thailand and Kuwait fight for the third title and Japan meets Iran in the final.

Thailand-Kuwait match kicks off at 16:15 and Japan-Iran at 18:00.

Japan struggled to a 3-2 victory over Thailand in a semifinal match Monday.

The two sides tied 2-2 in the normal time and Nippon was announced the winner as it grabbed the golden goal from the penalty spot in the extra time.

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