Iran breezes past Nigeria to reach quarter-finals

TEHRAN, May. 02 (MNA) – Iranian beach footballer won penalty shoot-out over Nigerian rivals to finish second in Group B and advance to quarter-finals of 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Bahamas.

The 2-1 victory on penalties for the Persian side came after an eye-catching 4-4 draw after extra time.

Mohammad Ahmadzadeh and Mohammad Mokhtari each scored a pair of goals for the Asian champions while the match looked like a gripping back-and-forth struggle between the two sides who were eagerly looking for a place among the last eight.

For the Nigerian side, Victor Tale, Emmanuel Ohwoferia, Godspower Igudia, and Bartholomew Ibenegbu found the net.

Iranians outshines Nigeria in the penalty shoot-out which came by when regular and extra times could not decide on the winner.

Accordingly, national beach soccer of Iran finished second in Group B while Nigeria was eliminated. Iran is scheduled to take up Group A winners Switzerland in the quarter-finals on May 04.

The 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, which is the ninth edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, kicked off in Nassau, the Bahamas, on April 27, and will wrap up on May 7. Portugal is the defending champion.

The hosts, Ecuador, Senegal and Switzerland are drawn in Group A. Iran is pitted against Italy, Mexico and Nigeria in Group B. Panama, Paraguay, Portugal and the United Arab Emirates shape Group C. Group D consists of Brazil, Japan, Poland and Tahiti.


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