AFC U-23 Championship: Iran Lost to S Korea

TEHRAN ( Iran News ) – Korea Republic became the first football team to qualify for the AFC U-23 Championship Thailand 2020 knockout stage after it claimed a 2-1 win over Iran at Tinsulanon Stadium in Songkhla, Thailand on Sunday match. First-half goals from Lee Dong-jun and Cho Gue-sung gave Kim Hak-bum’s side a two-goal half-time buffer, but Reza Shekari from Iran did a nine minutes effort after the interval meant the Koreans had to negotiate a difficult period in order to extend its winning start to the competition in AFC U-23 Championship. The team’s perfect tally of six points from two matches means it is sure to advance to the knockout stage no matter what happens in Wednesday’s match against Uzbekistan, while Iran’s hopes of ending a 44-year Olympic qualification drought now weighs heavily on its final group stage fixture against China.