Azmoun, Taremi fire IR Iran to victory in Tashkent
Tashkent: Goals from Sardar Azmoun and Mehdi Taremi proved decisive as Islamic Republic of Iran beat Uzbekistan 2-1 in an international friendly at Pakhtakor Stadium on Thursday.
In a long-awaited first outing under new coach Dragan Skočić, Team Melli’s star attacking duo each found the back of the net – Azmoun with a 25-yard rocket just before half-time, Taremi with a second half penalty – before Eldor Shomurodov pulled a goal back for the hosts in the 53rd minute.
Uzbekistan will meet United Arab Emirates in another friendly in Dubai on Monday, while Iran will face Mali in Antalya, Turkey the following day.
Utrecht: Captain Maya Yoshida had a header cleared off the line as Hajime Moriyasu’s Japan were held to a 0-0 draw by Cameroon in Utrech in the Netherlands in an international friendly on Friday.
Yoshida saw Ambroise Oyongo’s hook his goal-bound effort clear midway through the first half after a fumble by Cameroon goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa in Japan’s first international outing in 10 months due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Champions League (East) is to be played in Doha, Qatar after an agreement was reached today between the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the Qatar Football Association (QFA).
The AFC Champions League (East), which will be played between November 18 and December 13, 2020, follows the successful completion of the AFC Champions League (West) in Qatar.
GameChangers: Sophie Perry’s sea change, from Brighton to Bangkok
Chonburi: In early 2019 Sophie Perry played her final matches in English football. Luckily, she never retired.
In this week’s edition of our in-depth women’s football series, GameChangers, we meet the Women’s Super League veteran and Irish international, who sought to encourage a love of football in her students in Thailand and, in the process, rediscovered her own.
In more ways than one, it was a whole new ball game.