The Iranian team, called Persia and consisting of four robots from Isfahan's Sana'ati University, defeated the Japanese team and the 2002 runner-up team in the small-size soccer contest 4-1.
The team also crushed the German champions in 2003 9-0 and their Australian, Portugese and Japanese rivals.
Clinching five victories, Isfahan's Sana'ati University robocup team now qualify for the quarter final.
The Iranian teams from Tehran's Shahid Beheshti University, Mashhad's Ferdowsi University, Hamedan's Bu-Ali Sina and Qazvin's Azad University are to commence their matches today.
Some 250 teams from 34 countries are taking part in the 10-day international "Robocup 2003" soccer competition which opened on Tuesday in Padova and includes the small, medium-size and simulation leagues of Italy.
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