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Iran Omid 3-0 Yemen

Iran U-23 National Team (Omid) defeated Yemen 3-0 on Sunday in Azadi Stadium to maintain its challenge for qualification to the final rounds of the AFC Asian U23 Championship Thailand 2020 and the Tokyo Olympic Games men football competition.

All the three goals were scored in the second half and all were from Headers. Reza Shekari headed the first goal from a corner, Reza Jabeireh added the second from a rebound also with a header, while the pick of the lot was Mehdikhani’s incredible back header from a free kick.

All of Iran’s 6 goals scored so far have been from set play as no goals were scored in the two matches from love play. This is very worrying trend as it seemed from the beginning of the match that Iran’s Omid team is offensively ineffective and depend on the old school of crosses from the wings to forwards in the box for scoring.  Yemen, gallantly put up a good fight and could have scored from the few chances they had.

This match was a continuation from the same old shortfalls of the match against Turkmenistan. Poor team work . old style and basic football, lack of penetration from the middle , general lack of positional awareness, and disconnect of midfield players with forwards marred today’s performance against Yemen.

The match against the powerful Iraqi teams will be decider for Iran. Anything short of a win, will risk the Team elimination from the competition and a loss of another opportunity to make the Olympics, a 39 years wait for Iran. Despite two wins in a row, the goal difference for the second position is not very healthy for Iran as other teams in the Asian groups have some sizable advantage.  So, Iran really needs to win against Iraq to be assured of a place in the finals.

Omid Team 

Meraj Esmaeili, Omid Noorafkan, Alireza Arta, Abolfazl Jalali, Mohammad Aghajanpour, Abolfazl Razzaghpour, Mohammad Khodabandehloo, Mehdi Mehdikhani, Mehdi Ghaedi, Reza Jabeireh , Mohammad Reza Azadi

Substitution 2ND HALF

Rwza Shakari & Hossein Saki (46 min)


Reza Shekari (55)

Reza Jabeireh (66)

Mehdi Mehdikhani (75)

Omid Team wins Qatar tournament title

Omid Team under the coaching of Zlatko Krancjar, defeated host Qatar 2 -1 in the final match of the round-ribbon invitational tournament in Doha.

Omid Team goals were scored by  Mehdi MehdiKhani in the 3rd minute and Allahyar Sayad-manesh (17th minute)

Earlier in the day , Kuwait defeated Tajikistan 1-0.  At the conclusion of the tournament , Iran’s Omid Team with two wins and six points and goal difference of 5 , won the title of this competition.

The tournament was part of Iran’s preparation for the upcoming qualifying rounds of the Tokyo summer Olympics 2020,  which will be played in Iran.

Iran vs KSA 5-6 It is not a penalty kick result !

Isa Town: Saudi Arabia emerged victorious from a remarkable 11-goal thriller against Islamic Republic of Iran at Khalifa Sports City Stadium on Thursday evening with their 6-5 win booking a place in the final of the AFC U-19 Championship Bahrain 2016.

Abdulrahman Al Yami scored a hat-trick and captain Sami Al Naji scored twice while Ayman Al Khulaif was also on the scoresheet for Saad Al Shehri’s team at the end of an astonishing 90 minutes.

Saudi Arabia will take their place in the final for the first time since winning the title in 1992 while the Iranians, for whom Reza Jafari, Aref Aghasi, Reza Shekari, Mehdi Mehdikhani and Reza Karmollachaab scored, will have their four-decade wait to reclaim the title extended.

The Saudis took the lead with just 18 minutes on the clock after referee Fu Ming pointed to the spot following a coming together in the penalty area between Rakan Al Anaze and Aref Gholami and captain Al Naji calmly slotted his effort from 12 yards past Shahab Adeli.

Three minutes before the break, the Saudis doubled their lead with a fine passing move that will undoubtedly go down as one of the goals of the tournament.

Abdullah Magrshi deprived Mehdikhani of the ball deep in his own half before starting a fluid passing move that saw the Saudis move forward, weaving together 15 passes before Al Khulaif latched onto Al Naji’s through pass to slide the ball between Adeli’s legs.

Iran desperately needed to find a way into the game and, as the clock ticked towards 45 minutes, Amir Peiravani’s side finally found one when Jafari robbed a dawdling Fahad Al Harbi midway inside his own half before racing towards goal and smashing the ball beyond Al Bukhari at the second attempt.

Almost immediately, however, the Saudis restored their two-goal cushion. Straight from the restart, Ali Hassan Al Asami’s long pass released Al Khulaif down the right and the Al Ahli midfielder reached the bye-line before cutting back for Al Yami to score.

The Iranians refused to lie down and, incredibly, they reduced the deficit to one with virtually the last kick of the half. The Saudi defence struggled to clear Abolfazl Razzaghpour’s corner and Aghasi, whose initial header was only half-cleared, struck through a crowd of players to leave the score 3-2 at the break.

Six minutes after the restart, Saudi Arabia notched up another with Al Naji claiming his second after starting and finishing a move that saw him receive a return pass from Al Yami before striking beyond Adeli.


Once more, though, Iran pulled a goal back when, in the 62nd minute, Shekari netted from close range after Al Bukhari carelessly parried Razzaghpour’s free kick from deep into the midfielder’s path.

Yet again, the Saudis restored their two-goal cushion two minutes later when Al Yami claimed his second after Al Khulaif’s one-two with Al Naji put him behind the Iranian defence before rolling the ball across goal to give Al Yami the simplest of finishes.

While Iran’s defending was poor, there was little reason to question their spirit and, with 15 minutes remaining, they claimed a fourth as substitute Sina Khadempour’s long throw was sidefooted past Al Bukhari by Mehdikhani. But a minute later, the Saudis struck again as Al Yami completed his hat-trick after wriggling his way through the Iranian defence.

Back came the Iranians again and, with seven minutes to go, they claimed their fifth and the game’s 11th goal when Karmollachaab beat Al Bukhari low and at his near post with a perfectly executed overhead kick.

But Iran’s luck ran out when Gholami was sent off in injury time for a second bookable offence and the Saudis held on to seal their place in the final.