Iran qualifies for 2018 World Cup following 2-0 win over Uzbekistan

Posted June 13, 2017

Goals from Sardar Azmoun and Mehdi Taremi earned Islamic Republic of Iran their place at the finals of the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation next year as Carlos Queiroz's team downed Uzbekistan 2-0 at the Azadi Stadium on Monday.

Iranian team maintained the top position in Group A with a clean sheet on their way to the World Cup. Iran remains on top of Group A in Asian qualifiers with 20 points, following by South Korea and Uzbekistan.

Sardar Azmoun scored in the 23rd minute and Mehdi Taremi added in the 88th at Azadi Stadium in Tehran. With this result, Iran joins Russian Federation -the host- and Brazil, leader of the South American classification, as the first countries with a participation ticket to the World Cup.

Iran became the second team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup by beating Uzbekistan 2-0 late Monday, sparking celebrations in the streets.

It will be Iran's fifth appearance at soccer's premier tournament, reports Xinhua news agency.

In the 48th minute Taremi drew a foul from Akmal Shorakhmedov, but Masoud Shojaei fired the resulting penalty high over the crossbar.

Iran have played in the World Cup finals four times in the past - in 1978, 1998, 2006 and 2014 - while Uzbekistan are still seeking their first ever qualification.

"Hereby, I commend managers, coaches, players and the noble Iranian nation on the great accomplishment and wish success of young people of the country in all global arenas", he concluded.

Iran has yet to concede a goal in qualifying in a run which has renewed the confidence with fans.