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FOOTBALL: Iran defeats Kuwait in Asian Cup qualifier

Report by Tehran Times; photos by Ahmad Moeini Jam, Islamic Republic News Agency

Iran football team defeated Kuwait 3-2 in the AFC Asian Cup 2015 qualifying campaign at Enghelab Stadium in Karaj, Iran on Monday.

Iran National Football Team

Yaghoub Karimi put Iran ahead after two minutes, but Waleed Ali Jumaha scored for the visiting team in the 18th minute.

Iran's pressure paid off in the 61st when Payam Sadeghian found the back of the net.

With one minute left, unmarked Kuwait striker Fahad Al Rashidi equalized the match.

The Iranian striker Karim Ansarifard headed the ball past Kuwait goalkeeper in the injury time.

"I am satisfied with the win and I dedicate this victory to all Iranian fans. We defeated Kuwait with our young players and the match was a good opportunity for them to prove themselves," Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said in the post-match news conference.

Iran stayed seven points ahead of Kuwait in Group B with 16.

Lebanon is third with five points and Thailand remains rooted to the bottom of the table without a point.


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