Tehran Times – TEHRAN, Iran U18 football team started the 17th edition of Valentin Granatkin Memorial with a 2-1 loss to Zenit Petersburg U18 in Group D.
Boitsov scored in the 22nd minute for Zenit but Younes Delfi equalized the match seven minutes later.
Kazakov scored the winner for the Russian team in the 66th minute.
Moldova u18 and Slovenia U18 played out a goalless draw in the group.
Iran has been scheduled to face Slovenia on Wednesday and Moldova on Friday.
The traditional International Youth Football Tournament will be held January 8-21, 2017 in Saint Petersburg commemorating the first FIFA Vice-President Valentin Granatkin.