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Paralympic Games: First victory for Iran's soccer team, 7-2 over Ireland

ATHENS, 23 September, - Iran celebrated their first win in Athens 2004 Paralympic Games by beating Ireland 7-2 on the third day of Group A for the 7-a-side Football Tournament at the Helliniko Sports Complex. Ireland suffered their third loss in the Tournament, having conceded 18 goals after three matches.

Houshang KHOSRAVANI (IRI) scored a hat-rick, Addolreza KERIMIZADEH (IRI) found the net twice, Seyed Nasser HOSSEINI FAR (IRI) scored once and Aidan BRENNAN (IRL) bagged an own goal, while Alan O HARA (IRL) netted both of Ireland's goals.

The first half was rich in goals. HOSSEINI FAR headed the opener in the fourth minute but the Irish equalised to 1-1 seconds later with O HARA, who gave Ireland the lead by 2-1 in the ninth minute.

KHOSRAVANI equalised 2-2 with a header in the 11th minute and Javad MANSOUR FALAH (IRI) shot on the right post in the 26th minute.

KHOSRAVANI gave the 3-2 lead to the Iranian side in the 27th minute and KERIMIZADEH made it 4-2 for the Asian team with a header in the 29th minute.

In the second half, the Iranians celebrated three more goals.

BRENNAN sent the ball in the net of his own team after KHOSRAVANI's cross from the left side in the 39th minute and KERIMIZADEH scored the sixth goal for Iran from a short range in the 54th minute.

KHOSRAVANI scored the seventh Iranian goal and his third in the match (fifth in the Tournament) in the 59th minute, and Iran celebrated a well deserved victory.

... Payvand News - 9/24/04 ... --

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