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13 June, 2017, 11:47 | Author: Rachael Silva
Mehdi Taremi (R) and Sardar Azmoun celebrate after the match during Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018 World Cup Qualifier match between Iran and Uzbekistan at Azadi Stadium on June 12, 2017 in Tehran, Iran.
The world's maxumum soccer tournament will be celebrated in Russian Federation, from June 14 to July 15, 2018.
It marks the fifth time Iran have qualified for the World Cup finals and the first time they have achieved the feat twice in succession.
"On behalf of the Asian football family, I would like to congratulate the Islamic Republic of Iran for their convincing and consistent campaign throughout the qualifiers to become the first Asian team to qualify for Russian Federation 2018". Meanwhile, Japan and Saudi Arabia are equaled in the top of Pool B, with 16 points, but Japan has a better average of scored and received goals than Saudi Arabia.
The Uzbeks struggled for momentum and failed to break down the famed Iranian defence, eventually conceding their second goal of the match in the 88th minute with Taremi finishing from Azmoun's pass.
Iran is still unbeaten in the third stage of qualifying and amazingly has not conceded a single goal during the campaign, thus underlining its credentials as one of Asia's football giants. Men, woman and children spilled into the streets with flags and chants and motorists honked their horns.
Despite knowing a win would book their place in Russian Federation, the Iranians started the game in a controlled fashion and in the 23rd minute Azmoun showed his cool head in front of goal to put his side in front. "Guys well done for the qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation", he tweeted.
Goals from Sardar Kazmoun and Mehdi Taremi earned a victory which secures the Iranians top spot in Asian qualifying group A with two games still to go. The team is unbeaten from eight games and eight points clear of third-placed Uzbekistan with two qualifiers remaining, so can not be denied a top-two finish and an automatic spot in Russian Federation next year.
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