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Favourites, Iran, trash Yemen in opener

Iran started their Asian cup campaign with a five goal trashing of lowly Yemen. It took twelve minutes to see Iran’s opener and perhaps those were Yemen’s best twelve minutes of the match.

Prior to Iran’s first goal commentators were wondering if this was yet another unexpected result at the Asian Cup after Australia’s loss to Jordan and South Korea’s close call against the Philippines. Iran though wasn’t having any of that.

Sardar Azmoun’s shot from twenty yards out was spilled by the Yemeni keeper and Taremi pounced on the rebound to put Iran up by a goal. It took another eleven minutes before the second though a Ashkan Dejagah free kick that came off the post and into the keepers back to bounce into the goal.

The Iranian team didn’t relax after the second even though at that point it did seem like the three points were in the bag. Before the first half was over a third was converted by Taremi.

The second half story was more of the same with Iran scoring through Azmoun and Raman Ghoddos. A sixth goal was inches away but Mehdi Torabi’s long range shot bounced off the post and away from goal.

A very good result by team Iran but this result should not be seen as anything other than a professional team against a team that was truly lacking the resources to compete. Next up for Iran is Vietnam and in addition to the three points Iran have to make sure that they don’t pick up too many yellow cards or any reds that could impact the final group game against Iraq.

Iran take on Yemen to start Asian Cup 2019

Group D Iran vs. Yemen

Iran’s quest for the elusive Asian Cup begins on Monday against Yemen. Iran are playing their last tournament with Carlos Queiroz as head coach and for Iranians it is either Champions or bust.

The last time Iran won the Asian Cup was in 1976 when Iran hosted the tournament. Revolution and war interrupted the development of the team but in 1996 the Iranian national team roared back to the top of Asian football. Coincidently that was the first time the UAE hosted the Asian tournament.

Ali Parvin scores the winning goal on June 13th 1976. It was the third and last time Iran won the Asian Cup

Expectations for the first game are that Iran should win relatively easily. Yemen have never been at a competitive team and with the country in turmoil it is difficult to see how they would have been given the resources to develop.

Iran and Yemen have played two previous times. Once in the 1994 Asian Games where Iran won 4-0 and the second time was a 2012 international friendly in which Iran also came out victorious 2-1. However those two matches may not have had a full strength national team and certainly were before Carlos Queiroz.

The Queiroz era of Iranian football has propelled Iran to the top of Asian football and brought discipline to the team. Respectable performances at both Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018 have Iranian expectations in the stratosphere.

Iran has played in fourteen Asian cup tournaments and has scored 119 goals while conceding 45. Out of 62 games Iran has won 37, tied 18 and lost only 7.

Yemen will have a difficult opening game and anything short of a Iranian win is unacceptable to Iranian fans. Expect Iran on the attack and Yemen to rely on counter attacks. This is an an Asian David versus Goliath and in this case David is virtually guaranteed of defeat at the hands of the Iranian Goliath.

Kick off time

Tehran Time: 19:30
New York Time: 11:00
UAE local time: 20:00


Tickets

Tickets to all Asian Cup games available at https://www.ticketmaster.ae/artist/afc-asian-cup-uae-2019-tickets/990318