Wednesday , February 28 2024

Iran book Asian Cup semifinal spot with comeback victory against Japan

Iran came back with a strong performance in the second half and sealed their victory against favorites Japan with a penalty shot in injury time.





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  • 90’+9

    End of the match: Iran 2, Japan 1

    Iran come from behind with a spectacular second half performance to win in the dying minute of the game and book their well deserved spot in the semifinal.

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    Iran celebrate their second goal. Photo by Reuters



  • 90’+8

    Iran make their first three substitutions of the game. Japan’s Takuma Asano is also introduced on the pitch.



  • 90’+6

    Goal for Iran

    Captain Jahanbakhsh converts from the spot with a thunderous strike to the top right corner. This goal is very likely to seal the victory for Iran today.



  • 90’+4

    Penalty for Iran

    Itakura’s clumsy tackle on Rezaeian has given Iran a golden opportunity for Iran to win the game in the very last minute.

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    Itakura’s tackle on Rezaeian (number 13) inside the box. Photo by Reuters


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    Iran constantly threatnen Japan’s goal in the second half. Photo by Reuters



  • 90′

    Two Japan players fall to the ground after some powerful duels, but there is no whistle from the referee.



  • 87′

    Suzuki and Azmoun both go for the ball, and the Japan goalkeeper is quicker and able stop a dangerous attack.



  • 83′

    Ezatolahi’s beautiful volley from Jahanbakhsh cross is saved by Suzuki.



  • 76′

    Japan are committing more fouls on Iran players, opening up opportunities for Iran to get their second goal out of the freekicks.



  • 75′

    Mitoma is very quick on the left wing, but the tireless Jahanbakhsh manages to tackle the ball away.

Japan, world’s number 17 on FIFA ranking, have 57% chance of advancing to the semifinals, compared to Iran’s 43%, according to sports sites’ calculations.

At the Asian Cup 2019 semifinal, Japan defeated Iran 3-0.

The winner of Saturday game will play either Qatar or Uzbekistan in the semifinal. The other match is between Jordan and South Korea.

Japan, world’s number 17 on FIFA ranking, have 57% chance of advancing to the semifinals, compared to Iran’s 43%, according to sports sites’ calculations.

At the Asian Cup 2019 semifinal, Japan defeated Iran 3-0.

The winner of Saturday game will play either Qatar or Uzbekistan in the semifinal. The other match is between Jordan and South Korea.

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