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
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
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
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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