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Iran loses to Uzbekistan in World Cup qualifier

Source: Tehran Times

TEHRAN - Uzbekistan stunned host Iran in a 2014 World Cup qualifier on Wednesday. The Iranian national football team lost 1-0 to the Uzbeks in front of 40,000 home fans at Tehran's Azadi Stadium.

Iranian football team

Ulugbek Bakaev scored the only goal of the match in the 71st minute with an assist by Server Djeparov.

The referee disallowed Iranian midfielder Mohammad Noori's goal in the 12th minute of the match due to an offside violation. Uzbekistan is now on top of Group A with 8 points, South Korea is second with 7 and a game in hand, and Iran is in third due to goal differential with 7 points.

Earlier on Wednesday, Qatar beat Lebanon 1-0 in the other match of the group at the Al Sadd Stadium in Doha. A long-range strike from Uruguayan-born striker Sebastian Suria in the 75th minute gave Qatar their first home win in Group A of the final Asian qualifying round, to leave them on seven points from five matches.

It was Qatar's second 1-0 win over Lebanon, which were ranked a lowly 146th by FIFA last year, in the campaign, with Soria also scoring the only goal when the two teams met in Beirut in June.

The top two teams of the group will clinch a place in the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

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