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Iran clears Cuba to eye decisive Argentina game in World Futsal Championships

Tehran, Nov 24, IRNA -- Iran edged past Cuba 8-3 drubbing in its second match of the fifth World Futsal Championships in Taipei, capital of Taiwan, Wednesday.

Vahid Shamsaei took the lead for the five-time Asian champion in the second minute and skipper Mohammad-Reza Heidarian grabbed his double on eight and 16 minutes before Kazem Mohammadi hit the fourth two minutes before the break.

Not to be outdone, Cuba pulled two back as Guerra and Saname found the net in the 23rd and 33rd minutes.

But the Asian powerhouse hit another four in four minutes.

Mahmoud Latifi, who was well fed by Shamsaei, tapped in on 35 minutes. Substitute Farhad Fakhim made it 6-2 one minute later and Shamsaei added two more in the 38th and 39th minutes.

Morales scored Cuba's third as his shot was wickedly deflected into empty net of Iran's in-form keeper Reza Nasseri one minute from Time.

Iran, which was stunned 4-0 by Portugal in the opening match of Group 4 Monday, should beat Argentine Friday to qualify for the next round.

Argentine, which defeated Cuba 3-0, takes on Portugal later on Wednesday.

... Payvand News - 11/24/04 ... --

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