2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Oman vs India live stream, updates, when and where to watch

India

India are taking on Oman on the sixth matchday of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers at the Sultan Qaboos Sport Complex in Muscat on Tuesday.

India and Oman find themselves in Group E of the World Cup Qualifiers along with Qatar, Oman and Bangladesh. While AFC Asian Cup 2019 winners Qatar lead the group with 10 points, Oman are second with nine points. Afghanistan are third with four points while India are fourth with three points.

As many as 40 teams from Asia have been drawn into eight groups of five teams each for the second round of the qualifiers which will run until June 9, 2020. Eight group winners as well as the four best runners-up will qualify for the AFC Asian Cup 2023 to be held in China as well as the third and final round of the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers which is scheduled to begin in September 2020.

Then, the four best teams in the third round will qualify for the showpiece event in Qatar while a fifth team will take part in an intercontinental play-off. Meanwhile, the next best 24 teams from the second round of the joint-qualifiers will take part in a separate competition to decide the 12 remaining slots in the 24-team 2023 Asian Cup to be held in China PR.

When to watch?

The 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers match between Oman and India will take place on November 19, 2019 and kicks off at 11:00 PM HKT.

The Sultan Qaboos Sport Complex in Muscat, Oman will play host to the game.

Where to watch?

Viewers from India can tune into Star Sports and Hotstar to watch the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers match between Oman and India.

2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Vietnam vs Thailand live stream, updates, when and where to watch

Thailand Vietnam

Vietnam are taking on Thailand in a top of the table clash in Group G of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers at the My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi on Tuesday.

Vietnam and Thailand had contrasting fortunes on the fifth matchday with the Golden Dragons defeating United Arab Emirates (UAE) 1-0 while the War Elephants going down to Malaysia 2-1 to surrender their pole position in the pool.

As many as 40 teams from Asia have been drawn into eight groups of five teams each for the second round of the qualifiers which will run until June 9, 2020. Eight group winners as well as the four best runners-up will qualify for the AFC Asian Cup 2023 to be held in China as well as the third and final round of the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers which is scheduled to begin in September 2020.

Then, the four best teams in the third round will qualify for the showpiece event in Qatar while a fifth team will take part in an intercontinental play-off. Meanwhile, the next best 24 teams from the second round of the joint-qualifiers will take part in a separate competition to decide the 12 remaining slots in the 24-team 2023 Asian Cup to be held in China PR.

When to watch?

The 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers match between Vietnam and Thailand will take place on November 19, 2019 and kicks off at 9:00 PM HKT.

The My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi, Vietnam will play host to the game.

Where to watch?

Viewers from Vietnam can tune into VTC1 to watch the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers match between Vietnam and Thailand.

You can also follow LIVE updates from the World Cup Qualifiers game via the Matchday Blog on FOXSportsAsia.com.

 

2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Syria vs Philippines live stream, updates, when and where to watch

Philippines

Philippines are set to travel to Dubai to face group toppers Syria on the sixth matchday of their 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers at the Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium on Tuesday.

The Azkals are level on seven points with China PR in Group A of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup Joint-Qualifiers second round and will face Syria, who are top of the group with four wins out of four matches, including against China last week.

As many as 40 teams from Asia have been drawn into eight groups of five teams each for the second round of the qualifiers which will run until June 9, 2020. Eight group winners as well as the four best runners-up will qualify for the AFC Asian Cup 2023 to be held in China as well as the third and final round of the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers which is scheduled to begin in September 2020.

Then, the four best teams in the third round will qualify for the showpiece event in Qatar while a fifth team will take part in an intercontinental play-off. Meanwhile, the next best 24 teams from the second round of the joint-qualifiers will take part in a separate competition to decide the 12 remaining slots in the 24-team 2023 Asian Cup to be held in China PR.

When to watch?

The 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers match between Syria and Philippines will take place on November 19, 2019 and kicks off at 10:00 PM HKT.

The Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai, UAE will play host to the game.

Where to watch?

Viewers from Philippines can tune into 5 Plus to watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Hong Kong vs Cambodia live stream, updates, when and where to watch

Hong Kong Cambodia

Felix Dalmas’ Cambodia are taking on Hong Kong on the sixth matchday of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers at the Hong Kong Stadium Stadium on Tuesday.

The Angkor Warriors are in Group C of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup Joint-Qualifiers second round where they are also joined by IR Iran, Iraq and Bahrain. Cambodia are bottom of the table with one point while Hong Kong are second from bottom with two points.

As many as 40 teams from Asia have been drawn into eight groups of five teams each for the second round of the qualifiers which will run until June 9, 2020.

Eight group winners as well as the four best runners-up will qualify for the AFC Asian Cup 2023 to be held in China as well as the third and final round of the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers which is scheduled to begin in September 2020.Then, the four best teams in the third round will qualify for the showpiece event in Qatar while a fifth team will take part in an intercontinental play-off.

Meanwhile, the next best 24 teams from the second round of the joint-qualifiers will take part in a separate competition to decide the 12 remaining slots in the 24-team 2023 Asian Cup to be held in China PR.

When to watch?

The 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers match between Hong Kong and Cambodia will take place on November 19, 2019 and kicks off at 8:00 PM HKT.

The Hong Kong Stadium will play host to the game.

Where to watch?

Viewers from Cambodia can tune into BTV to watch the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers match between Cambodia and Hong Kong.

2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Malaysia vs Indonesia live stream, updates, when and where to watch

Malaysia

Malaysia will take on Indonesia in an exciting clash on the sixth matchday of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.

Malaysia defeated the then table toppers Thailand 2-1 last week in Kuala Lumpur and will be going into their game against Indonesia high on confidence. They are four points behind group toppers Vietnam, three behind Thailand and level on six points with United Arab Emirates (UAE) heading into their fifth tie.

As many as 40 teams from Asia have been drawn into eight groups of five teams each for the second round of the qualifiers which will run until June 9, 2020. Eight group winners as well as the four best runners-up will qualify for the AFC Asian Cup 2023 to be held in China as well as the third and final round of the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers which is scheduled to begin in September 2020.

Then, the four best teams in the third round will qualify for the showpiece event in Qatar while a fifth team will take part in an intercontinental play-off. Meanwhile, the next best 24 teams from the second round of the joint-qualifiers will take part in a separate competition to decide the 12 remaining slots in the 24-team 2023 Asian Cup to be held in China PR.

When to watch?

The 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers match between Malaysia and Indonesia will take place on November 19, 2019 and kicks off at 8:45 PM HKT.

The Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will play host to the game.

Where to watch?

Viewers from Malaysia can tune into the Astro Arena and TV 2 to watch the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers match between Malaysia and Indonesia.

You can also follow LIVE updates from the World Cup Qualifiers via our Matchday Blog on FOXSportsAsia.com.

2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Myanmar vs Mongolia live stream, updates, when and where to watch

Myanmar

A resurgent Myanmar are set to host Mongolia on the sixth matchday of their 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers at the Mandalar Thiri Stadium in Mandalay on Tuesday.

The Asian Lions had suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Mongolia in their opening match of the World Cup Qualifiers, but have recorded their first win of the campaign against Tajikistan at Mandalay last week under new head coach Antoine Hey.

As many as 40 teams from Asia have been drawn into eight groups of five teams each for the second round of the qualifiers which will run until June 9, 2020. Eight group winners as well as the four best runners-up will qualify for the AFC Asian Cup 2023 to be held in China as well as the third and final round of the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers which is scheduled to begin in September 2020.

Then, the four best teams in the third round will qualify for the showpiece event in Qatar while a fifth team will take part in an intercontinental play-off. Meanwhile, the next best 24 teams from the second round of the joint-qualifiers will take part in a separate competition to decide the 12 remaining slots in the 24-team 2023 Asian Cup to be held in China PR.

When to watch?

The 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers match between Myanmar and Mongolia will take place on November 19, 2019 and kicks off at 6:30 PM HKT.

The Mandalarthiri Stadium in Mandalay, Myanmar will play host to the game.

Where to watch?

Viewers in Myanmar can watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers match between Myanmar and Mongolia on Skynet Myanmar.

Vietnam star reveals three dangerous players in Thailand squad ahead of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers showdown

Vietnam Thailand

Southeast Asian champions Vietnam are taking on Thailand in a very important fixture in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers at the My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi on Tuesday. 

Park Hang-seo’s men are currently top of Group G of the World Cup Qualifiers with 10 points while Thailand are trailing them by three points at the second spot. Meanwhile, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Malaysia are also close on the heels with six points each.

And it is under these circumstances that the Vietnamese take on Thais with the War Elephants needing a win to oust the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 champions from the top of the group and reclaim the pole position they lost after a 2-1 defeat to Malaysia on November 14.

Now, Vietnam international left-back Nguyen Phong Hong Duy has revealed the trio in the Thailand squad who he thinks will be the most dangerous players as far as the Golden Dragons are concerned.

The three players who the 23-year-old has asked his teammates to keep an eye on are none other than Consadole Sapporo attacker Chanathip Songkrasin, Yokohama F. Marinos fullback Theerathon Bunmathan and veteran striker Teerasil Dangda.

“The Thailand national team has Chanathip and left-back Theerathon who are both very classy. Striker Teerasil has also proved dangerous in several previous matches,” the Vietnam star said ahead of the game (via Nhan Dan Online).

Massive boost for Singapore as two big names included in final squad for 2019 SEA Games

Singapore

There is a huge fillip for Singapore ahead of the 2019 SEA Games as head coach Fandi Ahmad has named two big names in their final 20-member squad for the multi-sport event.

Former Hougang United forward Faris Ramli, who recently made the switch to Malaysia Super League’s Terengganu FC, and Ikhsan Fandi, who plays for Raufoss IL in Norway, are both included in the Singapore squad that will travel to Philippines.

Ramli, who won the Singapore Premier League 2019 Player of the Year award, is one of the two overage players allowed in the squad along with Warriors FC defender Tajeli Salamat.

Meanwhile, Singapore have also managed to ensure the services of 20-year-old forward Ikhsan for the 30th Southeast Asian Games after negotiations with his Norwegian club Raufoss.

Fandi’s men will depart to Philippines on November 23 before playing their first group stage match in the men’s football competition against Laos on November 26. Singapore are also joined by Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam in Group B of the SEA Games.

Singapore’s 20-member squad for SEA Games 2019

GOALKEEPERS: Kenji Rusydi (Young Lions),  Zharfan Rohaizad (Young Lions)

DEFENDERS: Irfan Fandi (BG Pathum United), Irfan Najeeb (Young Lions), Jordan Vestering (Hougang United), Ryhan Stewart (Warriors FC), Syahrul Sazali (Young Lions), Tajeli Salamat (Warriors FC), Lionel Tan (Young Lions), Zulqarnaen Suzliman (Young Lions)

MIDFIELDERS: Haiqal Pashia (Young Lions), Hami Syahin (Home United), Jacob Mahler (Young Lions), Joshua Pereira (Young Lions), Naqiuddin Eunos (Young Lions), Nur Luqman (Young Lions), Saifullah Akbar (Young Lions), Shah Shahiran (Tampines Rovers)

FORWARDS: Faris Ramli(Terengganu FC), Ikhsan Fandi (Raufoss IL)

Philippines all-time top scorer Phil Younghusband announces retirement

Younghusband

Former Philippines national team captain and all-time leading goalscorer Phil Younghusband has on Monday announced his retirement from football.

“Thank you to my bosses, my coaches, team mates, competitors and all the supporters who have been part of my journey. See you all soon in a new adventure,” the 32-year-old announced the retirement with a brief social media post.

Born in England, the Chelsea academy graduate represented the Philippines senior national team for the time in 2006 and has since then made over 100 appearances for the Azkals at the international stage including in their maiden appearance at the AFC Asian Cup earlier this year.

Phil is the leading goalscorer in Philippines’ history with 52 goals from 108 international matches.

The attacker moved to Philippines from England in 2008 to play for clubs like San Beda FC, Loyola Meralco Spark and Davao Aguilas.

Phil’s elder brother James also plays for Philippines national team and is currently plying his trade with Ceres Negros FC.

(Photo credit: AFF Suzuki Cup)

We must beat Vietnam to revive FIFA World Cup Qualifiers campaign – Thailand boss Nishino hints at changes

Thailand

Thailand head coach Akira Nishino is contemplating changes to his starting 11 as the War Elephants head into a crunch clash against ASEAN rivals Vietnam in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. 

The two Southeast Asian nations face off on Tuesday with Thailand coming on the back of a shock 2-1 defeat to Malaysia while Vietnam topping Group G of the 2022 World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup Joint-Qualifiers second round after a 1-0 win over United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Changsuek are now second in the group, three points behind toppers Vietnam, and only one point ahead of both UAE and Malaysia. And Japanese tactician Nishino has revealed he could make some changes to his side as they go into a must-win battle against the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 champions.

“I am considering making some changes to starting line-up. I need to take a look at the game against Malaysia again before I make up my mind,” Nishino revealed as he prepares his team for the clash (via Bangkok Post).

The former Japan national team head coach also emphasised how important the away fixture against Vietnam at the My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi will be for the Thailand national team.

Ekanit Panya’s winner sees Thailand record famous win over UAE

“We are definitely targeting three points — we need to win this match to revive our campaign for a place in the next stage of the World Cup Qualifiers,” he said.

“I am not sure what effect the cold weather in Hanoi will have on the team, but the players will definitely find the turf here more familiar than the one in Kuala Lumpur. At this stage, I can’t say that we are 100 per cent ready for the match because we arrived here only on Saturday,” Nishino said.

“But the good thing is that none of the players have any injury that would force us to change our tactics or the planned starting line-up for the game. Moreover, I don’t think the players are overly depressed by our loss to Malaysia,” he added.

(Photo credit: FA Thailand)

2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Roundup: Battle heats up in Group H between South and North Koreas, Lebanon & Turkmenistan

World Cup qualifiers

It was an entertaining fifth matchday in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers on Thursday as Iraq and Saudi Arabia produced late dramas while Australia, Syria and Japan made it four wins out of four in their qualification campaigns.  

Iraq condemned IR Iran to their second straight defeat with a winner at the death while Herve Renard’s Saudi scored two goals in the final five minutes to overcome Uzbekistan. While Australia and Japan maintained their perfect record, Syria’s fourth win at the expense of China PR has led to the resignation of Marcello Lippi.

Here, we take a comprehensive look at all the results from November 14’s 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup Joint-Qualifiers second round ties held across eight groups in Asia.

Group A – China’s defeat to Syria ends in Marcello Lippi resignation

China PR head coach Marcello Lippi has resigned after a 2-1 defeat to Syria at the Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai. Osama Omari had scored in the 19th minute to give the Assyrians the lead, but Espanyol forward Wu Lei had levelled the score before half time. However, a Zhang Linpeng own goal in the second half led to a defeat for China and a resignation from a furious Lippi at the post-match press conference. Meanwhile, Philippines, who had led to the Italian’s downfall by holding China to a goalless draw last month, continued their good run with a 2-1 win over Maldives. The Azkals now have seven points, the same as China, and sit third while Syria top the group with 12 points.

Group B – Kuwait thrash Chinese Taipei 9-0 as Australia win again

Kuwait recorded the biggest win of the matchday as they thrashed Chinese Taipei 9-0 at the Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium in Kuwait City. Yousef Nasser scored twice for the Kuwaitis who had seven difference players on the scoresheet as well as an own goal from Chen Wei-chuan. Meanwhile, Australia consolidated their position at the top with a 1-0 win over Jordan. Adam Taggart scored the only goal of the game in the 13th minute as Australia went five points clear with 12 points to their tally. Meanwhile, Kuwait and Jordan are second and third with seven points each.

Group C – Thriller sees Team Melli fall to second straight defeat 

Iraq and IR Iran played out a thriller at the Amman International Stadium in Jordan which ended in a 2-1 win for the Lions of Mesopotamia. Al Zawraa SC forward Alaa Abbas came off the bench to score the winner for Iraq in the second-half injury time against Iran who were down to 10 men by then. This means Marc Wilmots has lost back-to-back games as Iran head coach as the team now sits third in the group with six points — four behind Iraq and two behind Bahrain who were held to a goalless draw by home side Hong Kong.

Group D – Saudi resurgence downs Uzbekistan; Yemen record first win

There was late drama in Group D too as Saudi Arabia scored two late goals to record a comeback win over Vadim Abramov’s Uzbekistan. With the score at 2-1 in favour of the home side with five minutes left to play, it looked as if Uzbekistan would pull further ahead at the top of the group, but it is the Saudis who now have a two-point lead after the late flurry. Salman Al Faraj scored his second of the game in the 85th minute to level the score before Salem Al Dawsari stunned the hosts with the winner in the injury time. Meanwhile, Yemen recorded their first win of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers campaign as they overcame Palestine 1-0, thanks to a second-half goal from Omar Al-Dahi.

Group E – Oman thrash Bangladesh 4-1; India held again

Oman are putting the pressure on group toppers Qatar in Group E of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers after a 4-1 thrashing of Bangladesh put them touching distance away from the 2022 World Cup hosts. After a goalless first half, Oman scored four past the Bangladeshis at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat to make it nine points from four matches and stay one point behind the Maroons. Meanwhile, India played out their third draw of the World Cup Qualifiers campaign as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Afghanistan.

Group F – Antoine Hey returns as Myanmar head coach with win

German tactician Antoine Hey has returned as the head coach of Myanmar and masterminded a 4-3 win over Tajikistan at the Mandalar Thiri Stadium in Mandalay. Hey, who was sacked after a disappointing AFF Suzuki Cup 2018, was called back by Myanmar after the Asian Lions lost all three of their World Cup Qualifiers ties in September and October under Miodrag Radulovic. Meanwhile, Japan made it four wins from as many matches after a comfortable 2-0 win over Kyrgyz Republic at the Dolen Omurzakov Stadium in Bishkek.

Group G – Defeat for Thailand and UAE as Vietnam climb to top

Vietnam are now group leaders in Group G after they defeated a 10-man United Arab Emirates 1-0 at the My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi. A spectacular strike from Nguyen Tien Linh in the first half was the winner against UAE who played close to an hour with a man less. Meanwhile, Thailand, who had began the day at the top, slipped to second after a 2-1 defeat to ASEAN rivals Malaysia. Chanathip Songkrasin had given Akira Nishino’s side an early lead, but Brendan Gan scored and assisted goals as an impressive Harimau Malaya recorded their second win of the campaign. Malaysia and UAE now have six points each while Thailand are second with seven and Vietnam top with 10.

Group H – South Korea held by Lebanon as battle heats up

Korea Republic were held to a goalless draw by Lebanon in a closed doors qualification tie at the Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium in Beirut. The South Koreans, who were also held to a goalless draw by North Korea at Pyongyang last month, now have eight points and are only one point ahead of Lebanon and DPR Korea. Meanwhile, Turkmenistan, who defeated the North Koreans 3-1 on Thursday, are fourth with six points. Turkmenistan will face Sri Lanka on November 19 while Lebanon and DPR Korea go head to head.

(Photo credit: Asian Football Confederation)

Marcello Lippi resigns as China PR head coach following loss to Syria in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

China Lippi

Legendary Italian coach Marcello Lippi has stunned the football world by announcing his resignation as head coach of China PR national team following a 2-1 defeat to Syria in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

An own goal from Zhang Linpeng in the second half had seen China suffer a 2-1 defeat to Syria at the Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai on Thursday. The defeat comes just a month after Team Dragon were held to a goalless draw by lower-ranked Philippines.

China, with seven points from two wins and a draw, now are five points behind group toppers Syria who have 12 points. They are also level on points with Philippines who defeated Maldives 2-1 on Thursday.

And Lippi, who took Italy to a FIFA World Cup triumph in 2006, announced his resignation at the post match press conference.

According to reports, a furious Lippi “slapped the table several times” during the media interaction and claimed responsibility for the team’s poor showing before leaving the room cutting short the conference.

It will be interesting to see how the Chinese Football Association will react to Lippi’s offer to resign. This is the Italian’s second stint as China head coach.

India held to their third draw in 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers by gritty Afghanistan

Afghanistan India

India recorded their third draw in four matches in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers as they were held 1-1 by Afghanistan at the Central Republican Stadium in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on Thursday.

Igor Stimac’s India had began their campaign with a 2-1 defeat in Oman, but commendably held AFC Asian Cup 2019 winners and 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar to a goalless draw in their second outing.

However, they have now failed to take full points against Bangladesh, who held them to a 1-1 draw in Kolkata last month, and now Afghanistan who looked on course for a win until Seiminlen Doungel struck the equaliser in the second-half injury time.

Zelfy Nazary, who plies his trade in Australia with Western Pride FC, gave the Afghans a 1-0 lead in the first-half injury time, but substitute Doungel grabbed an equaliser for the Blue Tigers at the neutral venue in the third minute of second-half injury time.

India remain fourth in Group E with three points only above Bangladesh and below group toppers Qatar, who have 10 points, Oman and Afghanistan.

AFGHANISTAN: Ovays Azizi, Hassan Amin, Haroon Amiri, David Najem (Milad Intezar 88′), Sharif Mukhammad, Farshad Noor, Faysal Shayesteh (Norlla Amiri 62′), Omid Popalzay (Adam Najem 12′), Noor Husin, Zelfy Nazary, Omran Haydary

INDIA: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Pritam Kotal (Seiminlen Doungel 76′), Rahul Bheke, Adil Khan, Pronay Halder, Mandar Rao Desai (Farukh Choudhary 46′), Brandon Fernandes, Sahal Abdul Samad (Manvir Singh 58′), Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh, Ashique Kuruniyan

(Photo credit: Afghanistan Football Federation)

Alaa Abbas strikes late as Iraq condemn IR Iran to back-to-back defeats in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Iraq

A late, late goal from Alaa Abbas gave Iraq a dramatic 2-1 win over IR Iran in Group C of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers at the Amman International Stadium in Jordan on Thursday.

The defeat means that Iran have now lost back-to-back matches in the World Cup Qualifiers having also lost to Bahrain 1-0 last month. Iraq are now top of the group with 10 points while Iran are third, four points adrift of the Iraqis.

Iraq, playing their home fixture at the neutral venue in Jordan following violent demonstrations back home, were the ones to take the lead through young striker Mohanad Ali in the 11th minute of the game.

Ali Adnan’s volley from inside the box following a cross from the right was saved by Alireza Beiranvand at the near post, but Al Duhail SC striker Mohanad followed up and gave the Lions of Mesopotamia an early lead.

However, Team Melli came back into the game with an equaliser in the 25th minute and it was Persepolis midfielder Ahmad Nourollahi who wrote his name into the scoresheet with a low drive past Iraqi shot-stopper Mohammed Hameed Farhan.

Marc Wilmots’ Iran ended the game with 10 players on the field after Masoud Shojaei was sent off in the 81st minute for a second yellow. And Al Zawraa SC forward Abbas, who had replaced Mohanad, was on hand to score the winner in the second minute of the second-half injury time to inflict a painful defeat on the Iranians.

IRAQ: Mohammed Hameed (Jalal Hassan 48′), Ahmad Ibrahim Al-Qafaje, Saad Natiq, Rebin Sulaka Adhamat, Ali Adnan, Alaa Ali Mhawi, Humam Tariq, Bashar Rasan (Alaa Abdul-Zahra 88′), Amjad Attwan, Safa Abdullah, Mohanad Ali (Alaa Abbas 76′)

IR IRAN: Alireza Beiranvand,  Morteza Pouraliganji, Ramin Rezaeian, Hossein Kanaanizadegan, Milad Mohammadi (Mohammad Naderi 53′), Masoud Shojaei, Omid Ebrahimi, Ahmed Nourollahi, Mohammed Mohebi, Mehdi Taremi (Vahid Amiri 62′), Sardar Azmoun (Kaveh Rezaei 90′)

(File photo)