News ID: 202897
Published: 0320 GMT October 22, 2017

Spain too tough for Iran in FIFA U-17 World Cup

Spain too tough for Iran in FIFA U-17 World Cup
Antonio Blanco (L) of Spain challenges Mohammad Qaderi of Iran during the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup quarterfinal match in Kochi, India, on October 22, 2017.

Iran’s campaign at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India came to an end at the hands of Spain as the European champion eased its way into the semifinals with a 3-1 victory on Sunday.

It was the Spaniards who dominated proceedings from the kickoff, with Abel Ruiz putting them ahead before the quarter-hour mark, reported.

The Spainish captain drove his shot past Iran’s goalkeeper Ali Gholamzadeh on a rebound to give his team the lead.

La Rojita nearly doubled the advantage, but Gholamzadeh made a superb save to deny Cesar Gelabert at his feet, with the ball flying over the Iran crossbar.

Any hopes Iran had of a comeback ended on the hour mark, as Sergio Gomez scored a fantastic goal when he took a Ferran Torres pass before turning and beating Iran’s keeper with long-distance strike off his left foot.

Torres then added a third goal when he finished off Mohamed Moukliss’s low cross.

Saeid Karimi pulled a goal back for Iran which proved to be too little, too late as Spain held on to secure its spot in the last four and a meeting with Mali on Wednesday.

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