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FIFA BEACH SOCCER WORLD CUP: Iran advance to semi-finals for first time

Source: FIFA

Iran advanced to the semi-finals of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup for the first time in their history with a thrilling 4-3 win after extra time against Switzerland.

Switzerland v Iran - FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2017

Iran qualify for semi-finals at Beach Soccer World Cup for first time
Iran goalkeeper Peyman Hosseini made several saves late in the match
Iran will meet Tahiti in the semi-finals

Iran captain Mohammad Ahmadzadeh scored the opening goal of the match with an overhead kick. He then put Iran two goals in front with a superb, one-time volley straight out of the air directly from a throw-in.

Switzerland then sprung to life and came all the way back from two goals down to take a 3-2 lead in the second period. The country's all-time top scorer in the tournament Dejan Stankovic started their resurgence with a flicked finish. Glenn Hodel then scored a pair of goals to give the Swiss a one-goal lead.

With less than a minute on the clock, Ali Nazem scored a clutch goal for Iran to force the match into extra time. Iran then made history when Mohammed Mokhtari redirected Amir Akbari's shot into the net to score the winning goal.

Iran will now face Tahiti in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Memorable moments

Ali Nazem's name will always be connected with Iran's historic qualification to the semi-finals of the Beach Soccer World Cup, but what you won't read on the official match report is how crucial goalkeeper Peyman Hosseini was in seeing his side through. Hosseini made multiple, acrobatic saves in the dying minutes from what seemed like every member of the Swiss squad. 

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