FIFA World Cup Soccer: Syria hold off Iran

FIFA World Cup Soccer: Syria hold off Iran ... 16/11/2016 Sports

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Syria held Iran to a goalless draw in their FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia qualifier on Tuesday.
Conditions at the Tuan Abdul Rahman Stadium in Malaysia sure did play their part, as torrential rain delayed kick-off for 45 minutes. When play did resume, it was heavy underfoot for both teams as they struggled to find the back of the net.
Team Melli of Iran had the opening chance when Mehdi Taremi drilled a low shot that was well saved by Syria stopper Ibrahim Alma.
Alma was called on twice more before the closing of the first half, saving efforts from Ashkan Dejagah and Karim Ansarifard.
Meanwhile, Syria could only produce one shot on target in the opening stanza via Omar Khribin that forced a good save from Sousha Makani.
In difficult conditions, Syria hung back on defence in the second half and absorbed all the attacks Iran could Muster.
The Iranians would have the best chance of the game with three minutes to play. Alireza Jahanbakhsh was unchallenged in the air in the danger zone but could only manage a header over the bar.
The result sees Iran stay in the top of their AFC qualifying group with 11 points from five games, while Syria are losing hope of qualifying for Russia with just five points from their five games.
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