Tasnim – CHONBURI, Iran was held to a 1-1 draw by Hong Kong at the 2020 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Qualifiers Round 1 but advanced to the second round.
Hong Kong scored in the 15th minute but Hajar Dabbaghi equalized the match one minute into the second half.
The Iranian team started the campaign in Chonburi, Thailand with an 8-0 win over Lebanon in Group B and then drew 1-1 with Hong Kong to win the group.
The four group winners and runners-up, and two best third-placed teams, will join Uzbekistan and Vietnam in the second round of qualifiers to be held next April, with the final eight teams – including Australia, China PR, DPR Korea, Korea Republic and Thailand – to compete in early 2020 for the two available slots at the Games.
As host of the Tokyo Olympics, 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup winners Japan will qualify automatically for the 2020 Finals.