Iran national football team beat Uzbekistan 2-1 in a friendly match on Thursday.

Iran Press/Asia: The first goal was scored by Sardar Azmoun in the 43rd minute at the Paxtakor Markaziy Stadion in Tashkent.

Mehdi Taremi gave Iran a 2-0 lead five minutes into the second half by scoring a penalty.

Just two minutes later, Uzbekistan forward Eldor Shomurodov halved the deficit with a shot outside the box.

It was Dragan Skocic’s first match in charge as Iran coach.

Iran will play Mali in Antalya, Turkey, on Oct. 13.

The match was held to prepare for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, where Iran sits third in Group C behind Iraq and Bahrain.

The 2022 World Cup qualifiers scheduled this year were postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.


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