Jan 12, 2019 16:14 Asia/Tehran

After a spell of attacking play at the AFC Asian Cup 2019, Iran national football team was able to finally break the deadlock with the help of two goals by striker, Sardar Azmoun.

Iran Press/Iran news: Vietnam performed ably up until this point, but were undone by a sweeping move from Carlos Queiroz’s men, with the moves ending with Sardar Azmoun, who made no mistake in putting the ball at the back of the net.

Vietnam hoped to find an equalizer and get back into the game but it wasn't to be, and the Iranian team made it impossible with a flawless play, Iran Press reported.

A Sardar Azmoun double against Vietnam ensured Iran clinched their place in the last 16 of the Asian Cup on Saturday.

The three-time continental champions were rarely troubled by their South-East Asian rivals in the Group E clash at Al Nahyan Stadium.

Iran's patient buildup play was rewarded with Sardar Azmoun directing a header past Vietnam goalkeeper Dang Van Lam after 38 minutes.


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Carlos Quieroz's side join Jordan, China and South Korea in reaching the knockout rounds with a game to spare, while Azmoun's three strikes makes him the tournament's top scorer.

Iran's final Group E game is against Iraq on Wednesday while Vietnam face Yemen.

Iran national football team have performed consistently over the last four years under the coaching of Carlos Queiroz.

Iran features in group D of the AFC Asian Cup where they will also face Iraq.

Queiroz has led Iran to the FIFA World Cup twice, in 2014 and 2018; but 4 years ago, his side crashed out of the Asian cup after losing against Iraq on penalties in the quarter-finals.

Iran have won the AFC Asian Cup 3 times but their last triumph came 43 years ago in 1976.  105/ 211 /201


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