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Iran soccer team defeats Jordan 4-1 in Asian Nations Cup

Resurgent Iran found finishing touch to humble Jordan 4-1 in a preliminary match of the Asian Nations Cup in Azadi Stadium, western Tehran, Friday, IRNA reported.

Over 55,000 partisan fans were silenced in the second minute when Jordanian midfielder Moyed Mansour unleashed a 30-yard shot, kissing the right corner of the net after hitting the hands of the diving goalkeeper Ebrahim Mirzapour.

Not to be outdone, the Iranian side made scores of attacks on the visitor`s woodwork.

Iran`s midfielder Javad Nekounam headed an Alireza Vahedi-Nikbakht corner in the sixth minute that was rebounded by a Jordanian defender in the goalmouth.

Nikbakht fired a low kick just inside the box on 20 minutes that dangerously passed the near post.

Daei buried his head in his hands as his goal-bound header was bounced back by the hands of Jordan`s goalie Amer Sabbah and the crossbar in the 30th minute.

The Iranian captain was not lucky enough seven minutes later when his left kick in the six-yard area was brought back to the field by the in-form Sabbah.

But Daei finally celebrated his goal three minutes into the injury time.

The new signing of Persepolis received a superb cross from the injury-dogged playmaker Ali Karimi, rounded the defender, and fired an angled shot, finding the right side of Jordan`s net.

Mansour blamed his hoodoo in the 48th minute when a carbon copy of his second-minute shot was sent into corner by the out-of-sort Mirzapour.

Daei came close to his own and Iran`s double four minutes later when he headed a Nikbakht cross inches away from the far post. The golden substitute Iman Mob`ali scored one and set up another goal to lead Iran past Jordan.

In the 74th minute, manager Homayoun Shahrokhi fielded Mob`ali, who played a curling free kick as his first touch, forcing Sabbah to outstretch and send the ball out with trouble.

Mob`ali himself sent the corner that found Nikbakht, who nodded in just from behind the six-yard area.

The fast-paced nimble Mob`ali triggered celebration in the 100,000-seater Azadi Stadium eight minutes from the normal time. he fired a sudden 25-yard left drive, ricocheting off the near post and putting Iran 3-1 ahead.

Former striker of the UAE`s Al Shabab, Daei, went the boisterous spectators wild with applause in the 89th minute as he dived to head home a loose ball from close range.

In another match of group D, North Korea lost to visitor Lebanon 1-0 in Pyongyang Thursday.

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