Iran Lost AFC U-23 Championship

TEHRAN ( Iran News ) – Iran was eliminated from the AFC U-23 Championship Thailand 2020 title race despite a 1-0 win over China PR at Tinsulanon Stadium on Wednesday. After wasting a string of chances, Iran finally took the lead through Omid Noorafkan’s 87th-minute penalty, but it wasn’t enough to extend its stay in AFC U-23 Championship, with Uzbekistan advancing on goal difference despite its 2-1 loss to the Korea Republic in Pathum Thani While Iran claimed a somewhat hollow first win of the competition, China PR’s defeat meant they finished Group C without a point or goal after three matches. After a draw and a loss in its opening two matches, Iran’s hopes of staying in Thailand beyond Thursday relied on a change of fortunes, but Hamid Estili’s side endured another wasteful first half which ended scoreless despite 14 Iranian shots at goal to China’s three.