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Photos: Iran-Brazil Historic Soccer Match

Photos by Majid Asgaripour and Mehdi Zareh, Mehr News Agency; Report by Press TV
The five-time World Cup champion Brazil defeated Iran 3-0 in an international friendly in a memorable match held in the United Arab Emirates.

Iran National Team

The Brazilian outfit scored three times in front of the 20,000 Iranian fans at Mohammad bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. 

Iran captain greets the Brazilian players

Having great enthusiasm, Iran scored a goal by striker Mohammad Gholami, which was disallowed in the fifth minute for offside. 

Nine minutes later, Daniel Alves lofted a free kick over the wall and into the top right corner, evading the outstretched hand of Iran's goalkeeper Seyyed Mehdi Rahmati. 

Iranian fans (above) and a Brazilian fan (below)

The second half started much like the first with Iran's captain Javad Nekounam denied by the post. 

Brazil responded immediately and only two brilliant saves by Rahmati, who was selected as the best player of the match, stopped Alexandre Pato from collecting a double in quick succession. 

However, the Brazilian striker made no mistake with his third chance, timing his run perfectly to convert a pass in front of goal. Brazilian striker Nilmar added the third in the second minute of injury time.


The match also marked the end of the Iranian veteran midfielder Karim Baqeri's international career with 87 games and 50 goals. 

Karim Baqeri saying good bye

Baqeri "is one of the best personalities and one of the best professional soccer players we've ever had," Iran's manager Afshin Qotbi said.

"He's been successful wherever he's gone. He's a true winner on and off the field and I'm very proud to have been his coach," he was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

Brazilian manager Mano Menezes also predicted a long way ahead of his side for the future, saying "we are in the early stages of constructing a new team and we have a lot of work to do." 


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