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FOOTBALL: Iran defeats Thailand in Asian Cup qualifier

Report by Tehran Times; photos by Mostafa Ghotbi, Islamic Republic News Agency

TEHRAN - Iran beat Thailand in a 2015 AFC Asian Cup Group B qualifier at the Azadi Stadium on Tuesday evening. The Iranian team defeated Thailand 2-1 and remained at the top of the table with seven points, followed by Kuwait and Lebanon with five and four points respectively. Thailand has any point in the group.

Iran defender Jalal Hosseini gave a lead the Persians in the 67th minute. Three minutes later Reza Ghoochannejhad extended the lead.

With ten minutes remaining, Teerasil Dangda pulled a goal back for the visiting team with a powerful shot.

Jalal Hosseini was chosen as man of the match.

The top two teams of each of the five groups, plus the only best third-placed side among all groups, advance to the final.


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