Iran advance to Asian Cup semi-final
Iran faced Japan in the third quarterfinal of the AFC Asian Cup 2023 in Qatar on Saturday. The match was held at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan.
Team Melli, as the team is known by its nickname, came from behind to beat
Japan 2-1 in the second half of a match watched by more than 30,000 people in
the Education City Stadium, Qatar, where the continental tournament is being
Mohebi struck on the 55th minute to respond to Japan’s 28th minute goal by
Melli’s captain Alireza Jahanbakhsh then scored from the penalty spot a minute
from the game’s final whistle to send Iran to the semi-finals of the
Qalenoei’s men will face winners of another quarterfinal match between
Uzbekistan and Qatar in the semi-finals on Wednesday.
Korea will meet Jordan in the other semi-final.
the top team of the Asian Football Confederation ranking for most of the past
decade, hopes to win the Asian Cup nearly half a century after its third
championship in the tournament in 1976.
Team Melli had lost to four-times champions Japan 3-0 in the semi-finals of the
previous edition of the tournament.
scorer Mehdi Taremi and first captain Ehsan Hajsafi are expected to feature in
Iran’s line-ups in the rest of the tournament after absence in the match against
Iranian people should be proud of these players because they played with their
hearts,” said Qalenoei, whose squad has not lost since March when he took over
as Iran’s coach.