Tehran, March 25, IRNA-Bayern reserve forward Vahid Hashemian scored Iran's both goals on fine passes by IRI's other Bundesliga star Mehdi Mahdavi-Kia in 1st, and on Asia's best player of 2004, Ali Karimi in Second half of the world cup qualifier against Japan.
Iran's first goal was scored on the 27th minute of the first half and the second and winning one on the 75th minute of the second half.
Hashemian is currently playing for top Bundesliga side Bayern Munich.
The game at Tehran's Azadi Football stadium, also referred to as an early final between Asia's two football giants, was watched by over one hundred thousand Iranian enthusiastic football fans, including IRI First Vice President Dr. Mohammad-Reza Aref and some 2,000 Japanese spectators, including that country's ambassador to Tehran.
Iran's most famous striker Ali Daei, with a record of 100+ goals for his country's national team, missed at least three scoring chances during the game first half and left the ground ten minutes before the end of the first half with a mildly injured leg.
Japan's only goal was scored by Takashi Fukunichi on the 65th minute of the 2nd half on a quite close, but finely technical shot.
The number of Japan's faults almost tripled Iran's, with Japan violating FIFA's rules 11 times, against Iran's three faults.
Iran had altogether four scoring chances, of which only one was turned into a goal in first half, while the Japan side merely had one missed chance during the said period.
Iran shot seven corners on Japan's goal and Japan 12 on Iran's, none of which on either side turned into a goal.
The game's referee, Shamseddin Maedin, from Singapore judged the qualifier relatively without a major mistake and gave three yellow cards, two to the Iranian and one to the Japanese side.
Iran's national football team is thus at the top of its Group B, together with Bahrain, each with four points from two games.
Group B's points, games played, goals for and against are currently as follows:
Country Games Won Lost Draw GF GA Pts
Played 1. Iran 2 1 - 1 2 1 4 2. Bahrain 2 1 - 1 2 1 4 3. Japan 2 1 1 - 3 3 3 4. N.Korea 2 - 2 - 2 4 0
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