Iran deserved victory over Turkmenistan: Zlatko Kranjcar

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Tasnim – TEHRAN, Iran U-23 coach Zlatko Kranjcar is very happy for beating Turkmenistan at the AFC U-23 Championship Thailand 2020 Qualifiers.

On Friday, Iran beat Turkmenistan 3-1 in Group C of the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 Qualifiers.

“I am very happy with our win because I think the first step always is the toughest,” Kranjcar said.

“We deserved to win this match and should continue our good run in the competition,” the Croatian coach added.

Iran will meet Yemen and Iraq on Sunday and Tuesday, respectively.

The Qualifiers will see 43 teams jostling for 15 spots to next January’s Finals, which will also serve as the qualifying round for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

With Japan having confirmed its Olympic berth by virtue of being the host, three spots will be up for grabs in the AFC U-23 Championship Thailand 2020.

Iran has not qualified for the Olympic Games since 1976 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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