TEHRAN, Sept. 5 (Mehr News Agency) - Tajikistan handed Iran a shocking 2-1 defeat at the Asian juniors' football match in Singapore Tuesday.
Takanov put the Tajik side ahead after 15 minutes and defender Reza Esfahani scored an own goal five minutes later to double the cushion.
Striker Mehdi Daghagheleh lobbed a long ball over the keeper 15 minutes from time to reduce the gap.
Iran needs a draw with powerful Iraqi squad Thursday to advance.
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