A bizarre lapse in concentration from Iran allows Japan to take a 1-0 lead in a closely fought semifinal tie in the AFC Asian Cup 2019.
Takumi Minamino was bowled over in a shoulder to shoulder challenge with a defender as he chased down a ball near the Iranian penalty box.
But as the Iran players looked towards the referee, appealing for a yellow card for simulation, Minamino got back to his feet and produced a peach of a cross that Yuya Osako beats Beiranvand to.
Japan 1 – Iran 0.
And the Iranians have no one but themselves to blame for conceding the goal.