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Bahrain defeats Iran 1-0 in FIFA World Cup qualifier


Reporting by Masoud Hossein, Tehran Times

Iran suffered a 1-0 loss against Bahrain at matchday 4 of Asia's Round 2 qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar in Group C on Tuesday. Uzbekistani referee Valentin Kovalenko awarded a penalty stroke to Bahrain in the 65th minute which Mohamed Al Hardan coolly slotted home at Bahrain National Stadium in Riffa.

Iran's Team Melli had already defeated Hong Kong and Cambodia in the competition.

Team Melli faces a challenging trip to Iraq in November, while Bahrain head east to play Hong Kong next.

The result means Bahrain now share the summit of the group with Iraq with seven points each, although a superior scoring record sees Iraq claiming the top spot.

Iran dropped to third with six points from three matches.


The eight group winners and four best runners-up will advance to the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Finals and the final round of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

The next best 24 teams from the second round of the joint qualifiers will compete in a separate competition for the remaining 12 slots in the 24-team AFC Asian Cup China 2023.

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