AFC U23 Championship Qualifiers – Group C: IR Iran, Iraq to decide group winner [VIDEO]

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AFC – TEHRAN, Islamic Republic of Iran and Iraq will face off on Tuesday to decide the winners of Group C of the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 Qualifiers after registering convincing wins on Matchday Two. 

Iran followed up on their opening day win over Turkmenistan with a 3-0 triumph over Yemen, but only after having to endure a scoreless first half.

Substitute Reza Shekari calmed Iran’s nerves with the opener in the 55th minute and once in the lead, the young Team Melli took full control of proceedings.

Reza Jabired doused Yemen’s hopes of finding their way back into the tie with Iran’s second in the 67th minute.

Striker Mehdi Mehdikhani then ensured Iran ended with a flourish as he scored their third in the 75th minute to set up a mouth-watering tie against Iraq on Tuesday.

Iraq’s superior goal difference means a draw will suffice for them to take top spot, which would mean automatic qualification for next January’s Finals.

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