TEHRAN, Nov. 14 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iran captain Javad Nekounam scored on a header to give Iran a 1-0 victory over Jordan football team in the 2011 Asian Cup qualifiers on Saturday.
In the match watched by about 25,000 spectators at the Azadi Stadium, the Osasuna midfielder scored with 18 minutes remaining. Fulham midfielder Andranik Teymourian sent a well-placed cross inside the six yards zone and Nekounam headed the ball into the net to give Afshin Ghotbi's team a valuable home victory.
Iranian players put Jordan under pressure in the last minutes but they could not take advantage of the chances they had.
Karim Ansarifard, the Iran teenaged striker, hit the bar just seconds before the end.
A Jordanian midfielder was sent off by the Japanese referee in the 82nd minute.
Elsewhere, Thailand beat Singapore 3-1 in another match group.
Iran has been drawn in Group Five along with Singapore, Thailand and Jordan. Iran leads the group with four points.
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