Damascus (IP) - Iranian nationals living in Damascus erupted in joyful celebrations on Wednesday night, following their national football team's dramatic victory over Syria in the 2023 AFC Asian Cup knockout stage.

Iran Press/ West Asia: The win secured Iran's place in the competition's quarterfinals.

Waving Iranian flags and chanting victory slogans, the community gathered to express their elation after the nail-biting encounter, according to Iran Press.

The match saw Iran grab an early lead through a penalty by Mehdi Taremi, but Syria equalized late in the second half, forcing the game into a penalty shootout.

Despite playing with one man down after Taremi's second yellow card, Iran's resilience shone through in the penalty shootout. Goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand pulled off a crucial save, sealing a 5-3 victory in the end.

This thrilling win sends Team Melli into the quarterfinals, where they will face Japan on Saturday. 219