Iran, Iraq to decide group winners at AFC U23 Championship

March 25, 2019 - 11:38

TEHRAN - Iran beat Yemen 3-0 at Group C of the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 Qualifiers on Sunday.

Iran followed up on their opening day win over Turkmenistan with a 3-0 triumph over Yemen, but only after having to endure a scoreless first half.

Substitute Reza Shekari calmed Iran's nerves with the opener in the 55th minute and once in the lead, the young Team Melli took full control of proceedings.

Reza Jabired doused Yemen's hopes of finding their way back into the tie with Iran's second in the 67th minute, reported.

Striker Mehdi Mehdikhani then ensured Iran ended with a flourish as he scored their third in the 75th minute to set up a mouth-watering tie against Iraq on Tuesday.

Iraq's superior goal difference means a draw will suffice for them to take top spot, which would mean automatic qualification for next January's Finals.

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