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Iran defeats Senegal in Beach Soccer World Cup

Source: Mehr News Agency

Iran defeated Senegal in the Group C of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013 at Tahua To'ata Stadium. Iran revived its Tahiti 2013 hopes with an action-packed 5-3 victory over Senegal. Brazil defeated Ukraine 4-2 in the group.

An Iranian beach soccer player

The African champion had defeated Ukraine 5-4 in its opener while Iran lost to powerful Brazil 4-1.

Iran made the perfect start with Mohammad Ahmadzadeh scoring in the second minute. Senegal thought they had equalized from the ensuing kick-off only for the goal to be ruled out by the match officials.

It was to be double anguish for Senegal soon after as Ahmadzadeh doubled the advantage with a flicked header to give Iran a 2-0 lead by the third minute mark.

It could have soon been a three-goal margin as Farid Boulobashi came within inches of perhaps the most spectacular goal of the tournament but his athletic volley crashed off the underside of the goal and onto the line.

Senegal hit the frame of the goal after the restart, and captain Ngalla Sylla halved the margin soon after.

Incredibly they equalized almost immediately with goalkeeper Peyman Hosseini conceding an own goal, only for Amir Akbari to score virtually from the kick-off for a third goal within 30 second, FIFA wrote.

Ahmadzadeh nabbed his second before the end of the middle period as Iran made it 4-2 for a handy advantage.

Senegal pushed hard in the dying period of a torrid encounter and came within inches of scoring on several occasions, before Sylla rocketed home a third.

But still the scoring was not over as Boulobashi netted with a sweet strike midway through the final period.

Iran will face Ukraine on Monday and will book a place in the next stage with a win or draw.

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