Iran edge Bolivia in friendly

October 16, 2018

TEHRAN – Iran national football team edged past Bolivia 2-1 in a friendly match in front of male and female fans on Tuesday.

In the match held in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium, about 100 female fans - most of them family of players, federation employees and relatives - were allowed to attend the match.

Albion's record signing Alireza Jahanbakhsh was on target in the 17th minute after his header was initially blocked by Bolivia goalkeeper.

Rudy Cardozo levelled the match in the 51th minute with a long-range shot.

Mehdi Torabi gave the lead Team Melli in the 63rd minute.

“I am satisfied with our performance but we could have won the match with four or five goal. Our strikers missed their scoring chances,” Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said after the final whistle.

“We played well in both halves and took control of the match but lacked a cutting edge,” he added.

Iran prepare for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in the UAE, where they have been drawn In Group D along with Yemen, Iraq and Vietnam.

Team Melli will meet Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago.

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