TEHRAN, Oct. 4 (Mehr News Agency) -- Kuwait put an end on Sunday night to Iran's reign in the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) Championship.
Abdulaziz Al Mashan gave Kuwait a lead in the 10th minute and Yousef Al Sulaiman scored the team's second goal just seconds before the break.
The four-time WAFF champion failed to show a good performance in the second half. Kuwait could have won with more goals, but Iran keeper Mehdi Rahmati had some excellent saves.
Iran pulled a goal back when substitute player Milad Meidavoudi headed the ball into the net in the injury time.
"Kuwait players used delaying tactic and disarranged our team's cohesion," Iran coach Afshin Ghotbi said.
Iran has been grouped with Iraq, DPR Korea and the UAE in the AFC 2011 Asian Cup which will be held in Doha, Qatar.
South Korea football team overpowered Iran 2-0 in Group D at the Linzi Stadium on Monday. Ji Dong-won scored South Korea's first goal in the 39th minute and Jung Seung-yong opened Iran's goal for the second time in the 54th.
"It was a difficult match against a strong opponent for the first match. In addition, there was a strong and that was also a factor. But overall, our players played well and we had a good result, so we're satisfied," South Korea coach Lee Kwang-jong said.
Iran had some opportunities for goal against the Korean outfit but the strikers didn't take advantage of them.
"South Korea is eighth in the world. They played very well and we didn't make the most of our chances. Football is a game of moments," Ali Dustimehr Iran coach said.
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