Iran didn’t have enough luck to defeat Uzbekistan in semi-final of AFC U-16 Championship.
The game between Iran and Uzbekistan held in Shahid Dastgerdi Stadium and more than 3000 spectators attended the arena. However the number of fans for this game was less than the previous match of Iran versus Australia. Also Iranian state television broadcasted the match live. Iranian footballers and managers attended the stadium to show their support for Team Melli. Karim Bagheri, Majid Jalali, Mehdi Mahdavikia, Abdollah Veisi and Mehdi Tartar were among those persons.
Seyed Majid Hosseini, the captain of Iran, scored an early goal for his side on 4′. On the other side, Khamdamov Doctonbek equalized the match on 13′ as Iran lost the control of the game. Abdullaev Izzatilla and Shukurov Otabek scored two other goals for Uzbekistan on 35′ and 42′.
In the second half Iranian players put high pressure on Uzbekistan but they couldn’t find their way to open Uzbekistan’s goal. A late goal by Amir Mohammad Mazloum Ghaziani on 88′ increased the hope between Iranian fans but Whites were unable to score the third goal.
Uzbekistan must hold the final match against the winner of Iraq-Japan on 6 October 2012 at Shahid Dastgerdi Stadium.