Cheetahs defeat Macedonia 3-1 in friendly match

TEHRAN, Jun. 03 (MNA) – With Sardar Azmoun’s hat-trick, Iran national football team won Macedonia 3-1 in a friendly match in Macedonian capital city of Skopje on Thursday.

Iranian football players of national team defeated Macedonia 3-1 in a friendly match at National Arena Philip II stadium of Macedonia in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia on Thursday.

Team Melli’s manager, Carlos Queiroz, initially fielded Alireza Beyranvand, Ramin Rezaeian, Pejman Montazeri, Morteza Pourali Ganji, Ehsan Hajsafi, Saeid Ezzatollahi, Ashkan Dejagah, Darioush Shojaiean, Vahid Amiri, Sardar Azmoun, Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

Sardar Azmoun opened the scoring against Macedonia very early at the eight minute of the event but his opener was equalized by the hosts two minutes later when the 23-year-old Aleksandar Trajkovski, who plays for Italian club Palermo, scored the sole goal of Macedonians.

Ten minutes later at the 20th minute of the match, Sardar Azmoun grabbed a ball from Macedonian defender and in a one-on-one situation scored his and Iran’s second goal.

The last goal of the game was again scored by Azmoun at the 60th minute of the match to mark a brilliant day of hat-trick for the striker of the Russian FC Rostov.

Persian Cheetahs are scheduled to return to Tehran to prepare for another friendly in next week this time against Kyrgyzstan.

The event was scheduled as part of preparations for the next round of the AFC matches for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.


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