Iran cruise pasts Oman for a date with China
In the second minute of the match it looked like Iran may be facing a disappointing night. Oman’s Muhsen Al Ghassani was brought down by Majid Hosseini in the penalty box and the referee instantly pointed to the spot. The Omani captain, Ahmed Al Mahaijri, stepped up to the spot and sent the ball to the right of Alireza Beiranvand but Beiranvand had guessed right and met the ball before it crossed into the goal. It was a crucial save at the very start of the match. That was the most serious threat on the Iranian goal.
Iran responded positively and controlled the match quite confidently. It wasn’t until the 32nd minute that Jahanbakhsh broke the deadlock after Al Musallami failed to clear a long ball by Milad Mohammadi. Jahanbakhsh was initially in an offside position when Mohammadi played the ball but challenged Al Musallami from an onside position. It created a bit of controversy amongst commentators as to whether Jahanbakhsh should have been called offside. Regardless though Jahanbakhsh won the duel and slotted the ball into the Omani net.
Iran did not slow down after going up 1-0 and kept Oman’s defence and goal keeper busy. In the 41st minute Iran were awarded a penalty thanks to Al Mukhaini bringing down Taremi in the area. Although Al Mukhaini got a touch on the ball his follow through was deemed a foul. Ashkan Dejagah put the ball into the net to give Iran a 2-0 lead.
The second half saw Iran continue to dominate and create opportunities but Sardar Azmoun was not having a good day and missed quite a few opportunities. Mehdi Taremi was also misfiring. Iran could have had a more comfortable scoreline had they capitalized on the opportunities.
This was a comfortable win for Iran over a young Omani side lacking experience. Oman should be proud of their young team. Iran now head to the quarter final match to face China and if they are looking to win the Asian cup the finishing will be a concern.