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Iran squeezes into Asian youth football finals


Iran grabbed two wins in the preliminary round to storm into the finals of the Asian Youth Football Championships as the Group G leader Thursday, IRNA reported from Tehran.

The Iranian side, which had already overcame Tajikistan 2-1 handed Afghanistan a 6-0 humiliating defeat on Oct 23.

Milad Nouri opened the scoring for Iran from the penalty spot in the 26th minute, Mehrdad Owladi made it 2-0 on 46 minutes, Hanif Omranzadeh added another two minutes later, Adel Kolahkaj netted the fourth in the 55th minute, Owladi scored his own second and Iran's fifth 30 minutes later, and Nader Ahmadi completed the Afghanistan rout two minutes from the normal time.

Over 12,000 fans watched the match.

Malaysia is to host the Asian finals in late May 2004.

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