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Iran on edge of futsal final four

TEHRAN, Oct. 12 (Mehr News Agency)--Iran defeated Ukraine 5-4 in the second match of the second round of the Futsal World Cup on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro. Iran rallied from two goals down to earn a valuable 5-4 victory over Ukraine in Group E.

Makayev put Ukraine ahead in the 6th minute. Cheporniuk doubled the score in the 9th minute.

Iran took control of the match and fought back to score four times. Vahid Shamsaee gave Iran two goals in 10th and 13th minutes. An own goal by Pylypiv put Iran ahead afterwards and Mohammad Taheri's excellent shot went past Ukraine's keeper in the 15th minute.

Khursov from Ukraine passed Iran's keeper Mostafa Nazari in the 16th minute. Taheri scored once again seconds before the interval.

The second half had just a sole goal. Makayev kept the Ukrainian team hopes alive in the 37th minute but this match eventually concluded 5-4.

Iran had lost to Brazil on Saturday. An early goal by Schumacher was enough to seal a difficult victory for the hosts, who were hugely supported by Brazilian fans.

Iran will play Italy on Tuesday in a must-win game. The Asian reigning futsal champions have to beat Italy to reach the final four.

... Payvand News - 10/12/08 ... --

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