Possessing the ball and field in Azadi stadium, west of Tehran, Iran opened the scoring from the penalty spot by once international Daei in the 16th minute.
Right winger Hossein Ka'bi was brought down in the penalty area and the Iraqi referee Hussein Hazim showed the spot.
Daei doubled his own and side's scoring in the 61st minute with a superb header from a tight angle.
Former Bayern Munich striker cut his head, returning to the pitch after having his head bandaged.
Midfielder Javad Nekounam made it 3-0 as he fired home a rebound on 81 minutes.
The world's top goalscorer, Daei, grabbed his 92nd national goal three minutes from time with a neat left kick.
According to program, Iraq plays the Palestinian side and Syria meets Lebanon Saturday.
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