Powered by Brazilian trio, Silva, Leo, and Marcelinho, the world's third-place side hit two in each half to take the first step firmly.
Luis Silva took the lead for the Portuguese side with a powerful shot in the 10th minute and Leo made it 2-0 four minutes later when he rifled home with a ferocious left drive.
Joel Queiros collected a well-flighted cross by the live-wire keeper Joao Benedito on 27 minutes to steer the ball through the legs of the in-form Iran goalie Reza Nasseri.
Queiros was denied by Nasseri, who sent his spot-kick out in the 37th minute but Zezito grabbed the fourth moments later.
Iran has a herculean task to do in Group 4 as it takes on Cuba Wednesday and arrays against Argentine Friday.
... Payvand News - 11/22/04 ... --