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Bracket Challenge - RO32: Sardar Azmoun (IRN) v Mao Jianqing (CHN) || Razali Saad (SIN) v Yoon Bit-garam (KOR) 


Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Asian Cup has always captivated audiences with its moments of sheer genius, brilliant celebrations and - above all - stunning goals. 

As we build up towards the AFC Asian Cup China 2023, the-AFC.com kicks off the AFC Asian Cup Bracket Challenge which will feature 32 mouthwatering goals from previous editions of the Continent's premier national team competition.

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Kicking off the AFC Asian Cup Bracket Challenge is Islamic Republic of Iran's Sardar Azmoun who goes up against Mao Jianqing of China PR, while Singapore's Razali Saad locks horns with Yoon Bit-garam of Korea Republic.

Check out their spectacular goals and cast your vote!


Sardar Azmoun (IRN) vs Mao Jianqing (CHN)

Sardar Azmoun (IRN)
2015 AFC Asian Cup
Qatar v Islamic Republic of Iran (15.01.2015)

Sardar Azmoun scored a fabulous opportunistic goal which earned Iran a 1-0 win over Qatar and a place in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup quarter-finals. Solid Qatari defending had kept Iran at bay until shortly after half-time in Sydney when Azmoun's instinctive touch and shot ended their resistance and sent a partisan crowd wild.

Mao Jianqing (CHN)
2007 AFC Asian Cup
China PR v Islamic Republic of Iran (15.07.2007)

China PR were 1-0 up thanks to Shao Jiayi’s early goal and the 2004 AFC Asian Cup runners-up doubled their lead in the 33rd minute when Zheng Zhi crossed from the right and found Mao free in the area. The striker had plenty of time to bring the ball down and slam his 12-yard shot past a diving Hassan Roudbarian.



Razali Saad (SIN) v Yoon Bit-garam (KOR)

Razali Saad (SIN)
1984 AFC Asian Cup
Singapore v Islamic Republic of Iran (10.12.1984)

A clinical finish by Razali Saad drew Singapore level in this tie on home soil. Shahrokh Bayani had put Team Melli in front with his 55th minute penalty but Razali, the defender turned midfielder, literally rose to the occasion as he jumped high to head home a cross from right-back Marzuki Elias past a stunned Iran goalkeeper Behrouz Soltani in the 61st minute.

Yoon Bit-garam (KOR)
2011 AFC Asian Cup
Islamic Republic of Iran v Korea Republic (22.01.2011)

With the match headed for extra-time, Yoon Bit-garam was sent on 10 minutes before the end of regulation time and he made a lasting impact as he broke the deadlock seconds before the end of the first period of extra time. The pacey midfielder dribbled towards the edge of the box before lashing a powerful shot into the far post to send the Taeguk Warriors into the semi-finals.

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