IRAN TAKES ITS PLACE FOR QATAR, WITHOUT SHOCKING

 Iran won its qualification for the sixth final phase of the World Cup in its history, the third consecutive, after its victory over Iraq (1-0), Thursday in Tehran in a qualifying match of group A of the zone Asia. Iran is the fourteenth country to validate its ticket for the 2022 World Cup (November 21 to December 18) and the second in the Asia zone after Qatar, qualified as the organizing country. The "Team Melli" flew over group A with six wins in seven matches (19 points) and is sure to finish in one of the first two qualifying places with three days remaining.


South Korea, second in the group with eight points ahead of the United Arab Emirates, is very close to obtaining its ticket for the World Cup. She will travel to Syria, last in the group (two points), on February 1. In Qatar at the end of the year, Iran will try to cross the first round of a World Cup for the first time after five unsuccessful attempts during its previous participations in 1978, 1998 (despite a prestigious victory over the United States 2 -1), 2006, 2014 and 2018. Iran, undefeated since the arrival at its head of Croatian Dragan Skocic in February 2020 (eleven wins and a draw), won thanks to a goal from the striker of Porto Mehdi Taremi just after the break (48th).

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