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Iran routs Saudi Arabia in deaf football tournament


Iran routs Saudi Arabia in deaf football tournament



Iranian hearing impaired soccer players have extended their winning streak at the third edition of Asia Pacific Deaf Football Championships by trouncing Saudi Arabia in southern Iran.

On Monday, the Iranian sportsmen edged past the Saudi team 2-1 at the Olympic Stadium Number 1 in Iranian Persian Gulf island of Kish.

Mostafa Heidari opened the scoring for Iran in the 45th minute. Just seconds afterwards, Saudi Arabia’s Munir al-Khazrabi scored the equalizer.

However, Mostafa Rahim Ferdosinejad’s goal, which he netted in the 85th minute, proved to be the winner.

In another match of the day, Japan defeated the Iraqi footballers 2-1.

The Iranian hearing impaired footballers beat the Iraqi side 1-0 in their previous fixture on November 22. Ali Akbar Ahmadvand scored a 96th-minute penalty to earn Iran’s victory.

The Iranian outfit demonstrated remarkable athletic skills in its opening match on November 20 and crushed the Samurais 2-0. Mostafa Heidari and Mostafa Rahim Ferdosinejad put the ball at the back of Japan's net in the 29th and 70th minutes, respectively.

The third edition of Asia Pacific Deaf Football Championships opened in Kish on November 17 and will wrap up on November 30.

The tournament has brought together hearing impaired soccer players from the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, and Saudi Arabia.