Iran edge past Venezuela in friendly

Tehran Times - - SPORTS -

Iran na­tional foot­ball team de­feated Venezuela 1-0 thanks to a goal from Alireza Ja­han­bakhsh on Mon­day.

Iran and Venezuela play­ers ob­served a minute’s si­lence to re­mem­ber those killed in the mag­ni­tude-7.3 earth­quake that struck late Sun­day in Iran’s west­ern prov­inces.

In the match held at the Gof­fert­sta­dion in Ni­jmegen in the Nether­lands, Ja­han­bakhsh found the back of the net in the 57th minute on the counter at­tack.

Reza Ghoochan­ne­jad’s goal was ruled out ear­lier for off­side.

It was Iran’s sec­ond vic­tory in four days as Team Melli had de­feated Panama 2-1 on Thurs­day in Graz, Aus­tria.

Iran na­tional foot­ball team stretched their un­beaten run to ten matches. Their last de­feat was a 1-0 re­ver­sal against Iraq in a friendly in March.

Car­los Queiroz’s team are pre­par­ing for the 2018 World Cup in Rus­sia.

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