• FT

    Australia

    4

    Qatar

    0

  • FT

    Japan

    1

    Uzbekistan

    1

  • FT

    South Korea

    4

    UAE

    1

  • FT

    Iran

    2

    North Korea

    1

WORLD CUP QUALIFYING - AFC

Azadi

Referee: Abdullah Mohamed Al Hilali | Attendance: 65000

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Iran

  • Mehdi Mahdavikia 10'
  • Javad Nekounam 62'

2 - 1

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North Korea

  • Chong Tese 73'

Iran 2-1 North Korea: Mahdavikia back with a goal

TEHRAN, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Goals from Mehdi Mahdavikia and

Javad Nekounam helped Iran to cling on for a 2-1 win over North

Korea in their Asian World Cup qualifying match on Wednesday.

Buoyed by a noisy home crowd at the Azadi stadium, Iran

attacked from the start and went ahead after just 10 minutes

through Mahdavikia.

With the North Korean defence in disarray, Iran pushed for a

second and found it on 64 minutes when Nekounam poked the ball

home from close range after keeper Ri Myong-guk flapped at a

deep cross leaving his back four exposed.

North Korea piled on the pressure with long-range efforts

from Cha Jong-hyok and the dangerous Jong Tae-se stinging the

palms of Iranian goalkeeper Seyed Rahmati.

Tae-se pulled one back on 71 minutes with a superb towering

header and Mun In-guk forced Rahmati into a spectacular save

minutes later with a potent strike from 20 metres.

Iran, who have qualified for the World Cup finals three

times, survived a late fightback to take second place in Group

Two behind South Korea, who routed United Arab Emirates 4-1.

South Korea, Iran, Saudi Arabia and North Korea all have

four points.

Scoring Summary

  • Iran
  • North Korea
(73') Chong Tese

Match Stats

  • Iran
  • North Korea
0(0) Shots (on goal) 0(0)
0 Fouls 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Offsides 0
0% Time of Possession 0%
0 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
0 Saves 0

Teams

  • Iran
  • North Korea
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