Krancjar hails midfielders’ role in big win

Esfahan: Sepahan coach Zlatko Krancjar was delighted with the second-half performance of his side as they kept alive their hopes of reaching the AFC Champions League knockout stage with a convincing 4-0 win over Qatari side Al Sadd at the Foolad Shahr Stadium on Tuesday. A goalless and largely uneventful first half exploded into life

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Iran beats Russia, wins beach soccer cup

The Iranians beat the two-time defending Intercontinental Cup champion 4-3 in the final match of the tourney in Dubai on Saturday. Mohammad Ahmadzadeh struck the opener by a flick header on a magnificent delivery from Iranian goalie Peiman Hosseini one minute into the game. Minutes later, Andrey Bukhlitskiy gained the equalizer for the Russians and

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Esteghlal upsets IPL leader Foolad

In the 18th minute, Foolad defender Omid Khaledi brought down Esteghlal striker Omid Nazari at the penalty area. Javad Nekounam dispatched his spot kick low into the corner. Afterward, Foolad dominated the possession and made some chances. In the 38th minute, Leandro Chaves hit the bar from distance. In first half stoppage time, Andranik Teymourian

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U-17 World Cup: Draw kings Canada hold Iran

Iran came out stronger in the first half, with the Canadians unable to get much going in attack. Hanson Boakai’s blocked shot after five minutes was the best chance the North Americans would have in the opening period. Four minutes later, the Iranians took the lead. Amir Mazloum collected a throw-in from the left and

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U-17 World Cup: Iran 1-1 Argentina [Watch video]

Mostafa Hashemi celebrated his 17th birthday in style by putting Iran ahead inside the first minute of the match with a delightful volley from distance that caught everyone in Dubai’s Sheikh Rashid Stadium, including Argentina goalkeeper Augusto Batalla, off guard. Iran continued to attack and maintained heavy pressure in the early stages of the contest

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Persepolis moves up to second in IPL

On Friday, the Tehran giant beat Damash 2-0 at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium. Persepolis defender Jalal Hosseini was on target just seconds before the interval. In the 75th minute, Persepolis midfielder Mehrdad Kafshgari was sent off after receiving his second yellow card. The visiting team was reduced to 10 men after Mohammad Mokhtari received his second

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Iran slides down FIFA rankings

Iran went down one spot with 613 points in the ranking. Iran are second among the Asian teams behind Japan. Japan dropped two places to 44th while Uzbekistan and South Korea have moved up two places each to 55th and 56th respectively. Longtime leader Spain remains atop the FIFA rankings, followed by Germany, Argentina, Colombia

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Asian Cup 2015 (Qs) MD3: Iran 2-1 Thailand

Despite dominating the match at the Azadi Stadium, the home side were frustrated by the Thais until centre-back Hosseini broke the deadlock in the 67th minute and Ghoochannejhad tapped in a second shortly afterwards, Teerasil Dangda pulled a goal back for the visitors with 10 minutes left but despite missing a few chances to put

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