TEHRAN, May 25 (Mehr News Agency)--Hadi Aghili's late goal gave Iran's football team a narrow 3-2 victory against 67th FIFA-ranked Zambia at Tehran's Azadi Stadium on Sunday.
Osasuna midfielder Javad Nekounam put the hosts ahead in the 13th minute from the penalty spot. Gholam-Reza Rezaei registered Iran's second goal when he shot at close range in the 35th minute .
Plucky Zambia rallied a two goals deficit to equal the match. Mulenga's header past Iran's keeper Seyyed Mehdi Rahmati in the 60th minute . Unmarked Rodgers KOLA equalized the match through a shot into the area two minutes later.
Referee Masoud Moradi pointed to the penalty spot in the last minutes, when the Zambia's defender brought Iran's Hossein Ka'bi down into the area.
Hadi Aghili gave Iran the lead thanks to pedantic referee.
Iran will host the United Arab Emirates in the 2010 World Cup qualifications on June 2.
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