Iran qualifies for 2018 World Cup after beating Uzbekistan
Iran qualifies for 2018 World Cup after beating Uzbekistan
Iran is the third member of the 2018 world Cup
13 June, 2017, 11:50
Azmoun's goal midway through the first half at the Azadi Stadium put them on track to qualify for a place in Russian Federation before Taremi added a second two minutes from time as Iran reached back-to-back World Cup tournaments for the first time.
Iran's fifth appearance at the FIFA World Cup was secured when Azmoun latched on to Alireza Jahanbakhsh's through ball before rolling his effort under Aleksandr Lobanov as the Uzbek keeper raced off his line.
Iran became the second team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup after beating Uzbekistan 2-0 here on Monday.
Azmoun put his side in the lead in the 23rd minute before a goal from Taremi sealed Iran's progress to next year's finals two minutes from time.
"Hereby, I commend managers, coaches, players and the noble Iranian nation on the great accomplishment and wish success of young people of the country in all global arenas", he concluded.
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"I came out to join this national celebration", he said.
Iran join hosts Russian Federation and five-time champions Brazil in securing a place for the tournament which runs from June 14 to July 15, 2018.
Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa praised the consistency of the Iran team.
He received a yellow card and missed the next match against South Korea. Group B leader Japan was also playing in Tehran, the neutral venue for Iraq's scheduled home game.
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