Iran fail to advance to AFC U-19 Women's Championship

April 30, 2019 - 20:4

Vietnam qualified for the AFC U-19 Women's Championship Thailand 2019 Finals despite a 2-1 defeat against Korea Republic, with Iran narrowly denied despite their earlier 5-1 win against Lebanon on Tuesday.

Vietnam had cause to celebrate after they sealed qualification for the Finals ahead of Iran by virtue of their lower fair play points, reported.

Earlier, Iran had kept their hopes of a place in the Finals alive, defeating Lebanon 5-1 in their final Group B match.

Knowing they had to win, and win big, to give themselves a chance of appearing in the Finals for just the second time, Iran made a horror start, falling behind in the opening minute when Farah El Tayar showed searing pace before scoring superbly for already-eliminated Lebanon.

But Iran responded in fine style, equalizing with a 35-yard masterpiece from Vida Raietparvar in the 15th minute, before Negin Zandi added a second 17 minutes later to ensure they would go into the interval a goal ahead.

Raietparvar converted a penalty kick two minutes after the restart to extend the lead, before Zandi joined her in completing a brace when she calmly stroked home Iran's fourth for the afternoon at the hour mark.

Iran were producing excellent football, and Seyedeh Zahra Masoumi took them out of sight with a superbly struck fifth goal with 20 minutes remaining, putting the pressure firmly on group hosts Vietnam ahead of their match against already-qualified Korea Republic.

Vietnam and Iran played out a 1-1 draw on Matchday One, meaning Vietnam's fate could rest on goal difference should they suffer a defeat to the Koreans.

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