After conceding an early goal, Iran national football team backed to the game and scored 4 goals in the second half.
The game between Iran and Yemen kicked off on 17:00 at Shahid Dastgerdi Stadium attracting only 400 spectators. Early goal by Al-Dahi on 3′ stunned the hosts. After receiving this goal, Iranian players put high pressure on their rivals but they didn’t have any defined and certain tactic to equalize the game in the first half. Alawi Fadaaq, the defender of Yemen, sent off by Japanese referee Maasaki Toma.
In the second half Iran had full control over the match and Yemeni players didn’t create any major goal opportunities for their side. On 53′, Rigi scored the first goal for Iran and Ezzatollahi scored a freekick for Iran on 61′. A few minutes later, Jafari scored the third goal. Chaab was the last scorer of Iran.
“We didn’t deserve this result but this is football and we have to accept it. However we still have chance to qualify for the next round.” Said Ali Al Sunaini, the head coach of Yemen.
Ali Doustimehr, Iranian head coach, said: “I have to apologize from people for the first half of the match. It was a hard game for us and Yemen was a professional team. They stunned us but we recovered our self later.” He again criticized state television for not broadcasting the match.
In a rare movement by local officials, foreign women were allowed to attend the stadium. Aussie females were among attendees who showed up in VIP section.