Tue, 13 Nov 2018

Iran Wins AFC Futsal Championship

12 Feb 2018, 00:36 GMT+10

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The Iranian national team claimed the AFC Futsal Championship title for the 12th time on Sunday.

In the final match held in Taipei's Xinzhuang Gymnasium, Team Melli beat three-time champion Japan 4-0.

Just before halftime to break the deadlock captain Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh finished from an acute angle.

Two minutes into the second half, Farhard Tavakoli made it 2-0 as he applied the finishing touches to a fine team move by sweeping a first-time effort past Japanese goalie Higor Pires.

Hassanzadeh struck again on the half-hour mark with a clinical right-footed finish into the bottom corner.

Hossein Tayebi scored in the final minute when he stroked a shot from inside his own half into the unguarded net.

Earlier in the day, Uzbekistan clinched third place after defeating Iraq 2-1 on penalties after both sides had played out a 4-4 draw.

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