Iran’s 7-a-side outfit lands second in Rio

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Sep. 17 (MNA) – Iranian men’s national 7-a-side football team earned a silver medal after finishing in the second place at Rio 2016 Paralympics.

In the final showdown played on Friday at Deodoro Stadium of Rio de Janeiro, Iran’s squad met Ukrainian rivals and conceded a 1-2 defeat to stand on the second podium.

Babak Safari, Hashem Rastegari, Lotfollah Jangjou, Farzad Mehri, Hossein Tizbor, Mahdi Jamali and Jasem Bakhshi were Aminollah Amani’s boys in the contest against Ukraine.

Ukrainians offered a better performance early into the match while Iran began posing threats on the rival’s goal from the tenth minute. Having squandered a perfect chance half way through the first interval, the Iranian side received the first goal by Volodymyr Antoniuk a few minutes later. The Iranian side failed in all their efforts to equalize the result until Mehdi Jamai netted a goal in the 50th minute and the two team continued the duel in extra times.

Determined to come out victorious at the gold medal match, Ukraine ramped up pressure against Iran and it was Artem Krasylnykov who scored a decisive last-minute goal to take the title from Iran.

No more goals were chalked up during the rest of extra times for the encounter to wrap up at 2-1 in Ukraine’s favor.

Brazil’s 7-a-side football squad had previously scooped the bronze medal after pulling out a 3-1 victory over the Netherlands.

The Mina delegation of Iranian Paralympians at the Rio Paralympics is comprised of 111 sportspeople who are competing at athletics, powerlifting, Men and Women’s sitting volleyball, archery, shooting, judo, football, 5-a-side football, wheelchair basketball, swimming, sailing, cycling as well as 7-a-sife football.

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