Mansourian ‘s team continues its fine display.
Team Melli U-22 played its second friendly match against Oman U-22 on Sunday a defeated the host 1-0. The match was the second against the host. The first match ended with the same result in favor of Iran.
First half : Both teams started the game with six changes from the previous match. Oman appeared more aggressive than the last match from the beginning of the encounter. However , ball possession and distribution was more in favor of Iran in the first half , preferring to keep the ball possession as much as possible. Mosallman was the pivotal player for Team Melli U-22 with his ball distribution and leading the offensive moves. His assist lead to Iran’s goal whole he have a powerful shot saved by Oman’s keeper Al Habsi (not to be confused with the senior Al Habsi of Oman’s full team).
Oman did their own share of attacking. Hamoud al-Saadi shot in the tenth minute of the match was cleared off the goal line by the Iranian defenders while hit a powerful low level shot by Hatem Alhmahmahy was deflected to a corner by Seyyed Hossein Hosseini.
The second half, Oman continued applying pressure on the Iranian team in an attempting to change the result, while the guests were content with distributing the ball as they did in the first 45 minutes on the match. Hamoud al-Saadi , Oman’s best player in the first half, shot was the most serious attempt of the 2nd half but was cleverly blocked by Hosseini in Iran’s goal. In reply a long distance attempt by Nariman Jahan the substitute player for Iran missed Oman’s goal by inches. The most important scoring opportunity came in the 70th minute from a header by Oman Sami Mubarak, which hit the upright away from Hosseini’s stretched hands. The ball bounced off the goalpost to safety .
In the last 10 minutes, Mansourian had a change of tactics with his substitution, he was after an offensive moves and more attacking prowess. Mansourian urged his players to be more aggressive in offense and targeted Oman’s goalkeeper many times. Kaveh Rezaei was released by a defense splitting pass and he was one to one with Oman’s keeper, however the young Saipa forward wasted the chance to make it 2-0 when he shoot against the advancing keeper’s chest. In the 88th minute a powerful shot from Shahab Karami, rattled Oman’s goalposts.
In the end, Team Melli U-22 repeated the victory against Oman. The team played better and was more consistent. With the inclusion of the absent players, Iran’s U- 22 team , can mount a serious challenge for first AFC U- 22 Asian championship title to be held in January 2014 .
0-1 ( Iran ) : Iran’s Captain Mohsen Mosallman , robbed the ball from Oman’s Nazir Almskry Nazir and mounted a quick counterattack. With a pass from deep from the left flank, Mosallman managed to send the ball to the foot of Hassanzadeh. With the goalkeeper advancing fast to block, Masoud Hassanzadeh send his shoot to the opposite angle , scoring Iran’s goal.
OMAN U-22 vs. IRAN U-22
1 – 0
Goal : Masoud HassanZadeh ( 21’ )
Referee: Majed Al-Harbi (Oman)
Yellow cards : Haj Amin Mohammadi, M. Pourali Ganji ( Iran )
Attendance: Approximately fifty people
Stadium Sultan Qaboos Complex ( Muscat )
Oman : Kaiser Al-Habsi, Manea Subait , Basel AlRawahi, Nadhir Almaskary , Moheeb Ezzat , Abdulla Nooh , Sammy Mubarak , Hatem Alhamhamy ( 78 – Ahmad AlSayyabi ) , Khalil Alalawi ( 65 – Ahmed Khalfan ) , Hamoud al-Saadi ( 83 – Suleiman Saeed ), Abdullah Saleh ( 51 – Sammy Khamis ).
Coach : George Philip
Iran : Seyed Hossein Hosseini , Vahid Ismail -Beigi ( 81 – Milad Gharibi ) , MohammadAmin Haj Mohammadi , Fardin Abedini , Hadi Mohammadi ( 75 – Ammar Nik Kar ) , Akbar Imani ( 75 – Morteza PouraliGenji ) , Masoud Rigi ( 62 – Shahab Karami ) , Mohsen Mosallman, Amin JahanAlian ( 58 – Saman Nariman Jahan ) , Farshad Ahmadzadeh ( 68 – Morteza Tabrizi ) , and Masoud HassanZadeh ( 62 – Kaveh Rezaei ).
Coach Alireza Mansourian