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Iran squeezes into Deaflympic football semis

Melbourne, Jan 9, IRNA -- Top marksman Alireza Tohidlou scored a late equalizer to help Iran book a berth in the semifinals of the 20th Deaflympic football event here Sunday.

The Iranian side, which was one point from the semifinals, held Czech Republic to a 1-1 draw, advancing to the last four on five points.

Tohidlou, who leveled the match against Germany and hit his hat-trick in Saudi Arabian test, canceled out Czech's first-half opener on 80 minutes.

In another match, Germany beat Saudi Arabia and cruised into the semifinals as the Group C leader.

Iran will play the Group A table-topper Tuesday. 2325/1432

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