Iran maintained their winning start to the AFC U-22 Asian Cup qualifiers on Thursday with a thumping 7-0 win over Maldives.
Goals from Payam Sadeghian and Kaveh Rezaei put the Iranians two up inside 18 minutes, before Morteza Tabrizi grabbed another to give his side a commanding lead at the break.
Milad Gharibi then grabbed a second-half brace along with a second from Tabrizi, before Bahram Dabbagh fired home a seventh in injury-time to make it three wins from three for Iran.
In a one sided match , Iran U-22 team easily disposed of Maldives 7 -0 in the third match of AFC U-22 CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFICATION, Team Melli U22 team therefore maintained its perfect record and it verge of qualifying for the final tournaments in 2013.
Iran scored as early as the 7th minute when a foul by Maldives defender inside the boc resulted in a penalty which Payam Sadeghian converted with ease. Kaveh Rezaei then scored on the 18th while Morteza Tabrizi made it 3-0 on the 21st minutes. The first half ended 3-0 with Maldives using some rough tactics to stop the superiority of Iran’s players.
The win means they are currently top of Group C, three points clear of Qatar and Kuwait, who recorded 1-0 wins over Bahrain and Tajikistan respectively
AFC U-22 CHAMPIONSHIP 2013
28-June-2012 17:00 MYT
Hang Jebat Stadium, Melaka, MALAYSIA [Attendance] 100
Scorers: Payam Sadeghian (7 p) , Kaveh Rezaei (18) , Milad Gharibi (55, 82), Morteza Tabrizi (21,69), Bahram Dabbagh (90+1)
Maldives: Abdulla Fayaz , Mohamed Thoriq , Amdhan Ali, Riley (c),Samdhooh Mohamed , Mohamed Thashmeen ( 46 Imaaz Ahmed) ,Ahmed Visam (73 Ahmad Ziaan Mohamed ), Mohamed Irufaan ,Guraish ,Moosa Yaamin, Hassan Wisaal(46 Abdulhannan Mohamed Sadin)
Head coach: Urbanyi Istvan Bela
Iran: Iman Sadeghi ,Vahid Esmaeilibeigi ,Shahryar Shirvand (c),Payam Sadeghian , Kaveh Rezaei (79 Bahram Dabbagh), Milad Gharibi , Ali Goudarzi ,Saeid Lotfi , Akbar Imani , Shahab Karami (86 Navid Khoshhava) ,Morteza Tabrizi (69 Saman Narimanjahan)
Head coach: Alireza Mansourian
Cautions: Hassan Wisaal (6) , Mohamed Thashmeen (28) , Moosa Yaamin (45+1), Shahab Karami (49), Amdhan Ali (66), Guraish (88)