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Iran, Qatar tie goalless in World Cup qualifier

Source: Press TV; photos by Majid Asgaripour, Mehr News Agency

Iran as been stopped to a goalless draw against Qatar at the AFC 2014 World Cup qualification tournament.The Iranian national squad did not live up to its standards and tied scoreless against a defensive Qatar at a full packed Azadi stadium in Tehran on Tuesday.

Iran dominated ball possession but could not break down a determined Qatari backline in front of about 100,000 supporters.

Iran has scored only once in its first two Group A matches.

Iran's captain Javad Nekounam had the home side's best chance in the 30th minute when he hooked a right foot shot against the crossbar while Qatar's naturalized Brazilian defender Marcone Amaral Costa was denied by Iran's keeper Mehdi Rahmati 10 minutes before the break.

Iran's coach Carlos Queiroz said after the match, "It was difficult as I had expected. But it was a game that moved only in one direction: Towards the Qatar goal, but despite all attempts, we couldn't score."

"Our inability to find the target cost us two points. We played the entire 90 minutes with full concentration, never allowing the rivals any space. Our goalkeeper was tested only once, in the first half," he added.

South Korea leads the group standings on six points after they blanked Lebanon 3-0 earlier on Tuesday, while Iran is level with Qatar on four points.


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