Iran, Venezuela share the spoils in friendly

November 20, 2018

TEHRAN – Iran national football team were held to a 1-1 draw by Venezuela in a friendly match on Tuesday.

In the match held in Doha, Qatar, Udinese striker Darwin Daniel Machis found the back of Iran’s net in the 35th net.

He blasted a right-footed shot into the goal from the edge of the six-yard box.

Seven minutes later, Charleroi striker Ali Gholizadeh equalized the match, dribbling past the Venezuelan defender and opened the goal with a shot from outside the area.

In the 53rd minute, the referee awarded Iran a penalty but he was alerted to check the replay by VAR, and after reviewing the incident on a screen off the edge of the pitch, overturned his decision.

In 64th minute, Venezuela’s goal was ruled out for offside.

Iran had defeated Venezuela 1-0 at the Goffertstadion in Nijmegen in the Netherlands in last year’s November. 

Since the FIFA World Cup, Iran have played four friendly matches, defeating Uzbekistan (1-0), Bolivia (2-1) and Trinidad & Tobago (1-0) before Tuesday's Venezuela tie.

Team Melli are preparing for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, where they are pitted against Iraq, Yemen and Vietnam in Group D of the competition.

The 2019 AFC Asian Cup will be held in the United Arab Emirates from January 5 to February 1.

Team Melli will travel to Doha on Dec. 10 and will hold a 23-day training camp until Jan. 2.

Carlos Queiroz’s team will reportedly play Qatar, Syria and China in the training camp.

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