Iran U17 edges past Niigata in Japan tournament

TEHRAN, Sep. 18 (MNA) – Iran defeated Niigata 2-1 in the 24th International Youth Soccer on Sunday thanks to a brace from Mohammad Askari.

Iran was reduced to 10-man in the 67th minute after Hesam Nafari received his second yellow card, Tehran Times reported.

Hossein Abdi’s boys lost to Japan 2-1 on Saturday.

Iran takes part in the competition as part of preparation for the AFC U17 Asian Cup Bahrain 2023 qualification in October, where they have been drawn in Group I along with Hong Kong, Kyrgyz Republic (hosts) and Laos.

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