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Iran wins Deaflympic football silver

Melbourne, Jan 16, IRNA -- Iran took a silver medal as it finished runner-up in the football competitions of the 20th Deaflympic Games in Melbourne Sunday.

Iran, which came from 1-0 down in Olympic Park, was stunned in the additional time by Britain that grabbed the winner with a free-kick awarded by the linesman.

Britain's opener came on 47 minutes following a goalkeeping blunder by Akbar Sadeqi, who quit the woodwork and let Steven Gardener's high-flighted cross find the net after hitting the far post.

Although Iran, due to expulsion of Hossein-Ali Mohammadi, was forced to play with 10 men in the last 10 minutes, top marksman Asghar Tohidlou leveled the match two minutes from normal time.

Two minutes into stoppage time, the linesman told the Australian referee that Iranian keeper had carried the ball beyond the area limit before punting.

The Aussie awarded a free-kick to the British, which wrapped up a last-gasp victory with a deflected shot from Lee Farer.

... Payvand News - 1/16/05 ... --

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