In a very one sided match in TehranÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Azadi Stadium, Iran scored 7, and could have scored another 10 if they taken all their chances. Ali Daei opened the scoring early in the first half. Daei made it 2-0 after 20 minutes, and he completed his hat-trick just before the half hour mark. The first half finished 3-0, with Iran in full control.
Laos tried to push Iran back in the early parts of the second half, but Iran broke lose, and scored 4 goals in 12 minutes. Daei made it 4-0 in the 58th minute, and Nekounam (63, 72) and Borhani (68) made it 7-0. Iran created a lot more chances in the final 20 minutes but the game finished 7-0.
In other matches, China became the highest profile casualty in Asian Zone qualification to 2006 World Cup, despite beating Hong Kong 7-0. The result was not enough as Kuwait beat Malaysia 6-1 at home to go through on goal difference.
Korea are also through, as they beat Maldives with an unconvincing score of 2-0 at home.
Iran is seeded 4th after Korea, Japan, and Saudi Arabia. Bahrain, Kuwait, and Uzbekistan complete the list of the 8 qualifiers to the final round of qualifiers. These 8 teams will be divided in to two groups of 4, with the top two teams qualifying to the World Cup in Germany.
Iran line up: Mirzapour, Zare, Nozrati, Golmohammadi, badavi, Nekounam, mobali, Kaabi, Karimi, Borhani, Daei