Iran defeat Palestine in AFC uuder-23 championship qualifiers


Iran’s victory places it atop the Group C table on six points, two clear of Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan.

Iran defeated Palestine 3-0 in Group C of the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers on Friday.

In the match held at Azadi Stadium, Sardar Azmoun gave the host a lead in the 49th minute.

Iran doubled its lead through Arsalan Motahhari in the 80th minute. Motahhari made it 3-0 in the injury time.

Iran’s victory placed it atop the Group C table on six points, two clear of Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan, who played a goalless draw in a fixture earlier at the PAS Stadium.

Iran, who has defeated Nepal 5-0 in its opening match, will play Afghanistan on Sunday.

Ten group winners and five best second-placed teams from all groups will join host Qatar at the AFC U-23 Championship 2016, with January’s 16-team competition also serving as Asia’s qualifying tournament for the Olympic Games in Rio.

Emad Askarieh has worked as a journalist since 2002. The main focus of his work is foreign policy and world diplomacy. He started his career at Iran Front Page Media Group, and is currently serving as the World Editor and the Vice-President for Executive Affairs at the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website.


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