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6/7/03

Argentina defeats Iran 2-1 to reach Malaysian futsal final

Four-time Asian futsal champion Iran wa stunned in the semifinal of an international futsal event in Malaysia on Friday as Argentina grabbed the winner late in the second half, IRNA reported from Kuala Lumpur.

In a cutthraot match in Kuala Lumpur, Iran won the first half 1-0 but it was the South American side that fought back to book a place in the final with a 2-1 victory.

The Iranian players and coaches cupped their faces in their hands when Argentina netted the winner by Carlos Florentino Sanchez just 23 seconds from the normal time.

Argentina's hard fought victory ensured an all-South American clash for Sunday's final. Brazil and Uruguay play on Saturday in the other semifinal.

Strong attacking play in the second half turned the tide in Argentina's favor after Iran took a shock 1-0 lead in the ninth minute through Kazem Mohammadi-Tirabadi.

Marcelo Faboan Gimenez equalized in the 25th minute before the team Captain Sanchez unleashed a stiff shot along the ground to score the winner with 23 seconds of play left.

Futsal, or indoor soccer, is played by five players per side with two 20-minute periods.

Twelve teams are participating in the six-day championship which kicked off at the Kuala Lumpur Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex on June 3.

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