Iran thrashes Libya in Futsal World Cup

October 6, 2008

TEHRAN — Iran’s futsal team earned a convincing 4-2 win on Sunday against the African champion Libya in the Brazilian city Rio de Janeiro.

Iran had tied before with the two-time defending champion Spain 3-3 in its opening match in Group D.
Mohammad Taheri gave Iran the lead in the 5th minute while Mohammad Hashemzadeh scored twice in 7th and 17th minutes. Mostafa Tayyebi sealed the valuable victory for Iran in the 32nd minute.
Libyan Rabie and Rahoma opened Mostafa Nazari’s goal in 19th and 25th minutes.
Spain also defeated the Czech Republic 4-0 in another game and leads Group D with seven points.
Iran is in second place with four points, followed by the Czech Republic with three points.
Libya and Uruguay are in the bottom of the group without any points.
The Asian champion Iran will also play Uruguay on October 7.
The competitions are played in Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia. The teams are divided into four groups of five, with the top two advancing to the next stage.
Earlier, Striker Lenisio scored a goal in each half Saturday to help host Brazil defeat Russia 7-0 and remain undefeated at the Futsal World Cup, The Associated Press reported.
It was Brazil’s third straight victory, keeping it at the top of Group A with nine points, three more than second-place Japan, which beat Solomon Islands 7-2. Russia and Cuba, which did not play Saturday, have three points each.
A victory against Cuba on Wednesday in the team’s final group match will guarantee Brazil advances to the next round. The top two teams in each of the four groups advance.
Also Saturday, the United States fell 5-3 to Thailand in Rio de Janeiro, losing its third straight match and getting knocked out of the tournament. The U.S. will play its final match against Portugal on Tuesday.
The Portuguese lost 3-1 to group leader Italy, the runner-up in the last World Cup. The Italian squad is entirely composed of Brazilian-born players.
Spain’s next match is Monday against the Czech Republic in Rio de Janeiro.
Futsal is played in two 20-minute periods on a surface about the size of a basketball court.
Brazil and Spain are the only countries to have won the futsal World Cup in the five tournaments played since 1989.