The UAE national football team suffered a severe and frustrating 1-0 defeat in the Qatar 2022 World Cup third-round qualifiers against powerhouse Iran on Thursday.

Iran PressMiddle East: In front of a hefty crowd at Zabeel Stadium in Dubai, Iran's national football team (Team Melli) managed to defeat the UAE national football team.

Iran’s Medhi Taremi scored the winning goal in the 71st minute after receiving a superb pass from Sardar Azmoun behind the Emirati defense.

Iran cemented their place at top of the group with nine points out of three matches. took a look at the players who could make a difference for their teams in Group A over the coming two Matchdays of the 2022 World Cup qualification.

In a team packed to the brim with attacking talent, there is perhaps no Team Melli player in better goalscoring form than FC Porto spearheads Mehdi Taremi.

Pivotal in last month’s 3-0 win over Iraq, his booming header against Liverpool in last week’s UEFA Champions League action was his 51st goal in less than 100 matches since moving to Portugal in 2019 and there is nothing to suggest the 29-year-old striker is even close to slowing down.

Iran will host South Korea in Tehran next week.