In Tehran, the men’s national football team snatched a pass for consideration in Qatar: three years later there were plenty of fans in the arena.
Thursday, January 27 is a historic day in Tehran. Iran qualified for the sixth time, beating Iraq 1-0 in the final of the World Cup in Qatar from November 21 to December 18 this year. Third consecutive participation after 2014 and 2018. It was the first country to compete in the Asian region, and out of the 14 countries that have already done so, in addition, of course, it is perfect for hosts who have received a pass. But history has been made not only in the meadow where tens of thousands of people are allowed, but also in the arena of Azadi Maidan. Also, for the first time in three years, women (2,000, tickets booked for them) may return to attend the competition. Much joy between their faces, songs, tremors, and waving of flags.
The right path
In the decisive, three minutes into the second half, 29-year-old forward Mehdi Toremi, who plays for Porto, scored a goal. He is the one who signed the victory against Iraq’s rivals and confirms Iran’s first place in Group A of the third round of qualifications in the Asian region. Dragon Scozki’s national team is unbeaten after seven games. Six wins against second-placed South Korea with 17 points and a draw, two less than Iran, is one step away from qualifying. With the United Arab Emirates in third place with 9 points, three games are almost inaccessible with a loss. In Group B, on the other hand, Saudi Arabia (19 points), Japan (15) and Australia (14) won: all three of them play for two tickets to Qatar.
January 27 – 9 p.m.
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