Iran’s U-16 Team suffered a heart break after they went down 3-2 against Uzbekistan’s U-16 team in the first of the two semi-finals of the AFC U-16 Championship.
Iran had a dream start when Seyed Majied Hosseini’s free kick was deflected into the Uzbek goal in the 4th minute. However the Uzbek quickly equalized before they stunned the host with another two goals from quick counter attacks to finish the first half 3-1 ahead of the hosts and the favorites.
In the second half , a determined and resolute Iran was in control of the field for most of the time, he Uzbek however always looked dangerous on the counter and their numeric advantage and pace on the counters made life very difficult for Iranian defenders. Despite all the Iranian attacks, the defense and some brilliant saves by Uzbek goalkeeper, kept Iran at bay, until a late strike by Amir Mazloum a nice curling ball just inside the box, made for an exciting finish. Uzbekistan, however , withstood the pressure and managed to win this match and make it to the final.
It was a very disappointing result for Ali Doustimehr players , whose occasional brilliant display of football was marred by pathetic and vulnerable defense , which at the end , cost them the championship.
Iran U16 already qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held in the UAE in 2013.