Asian Cup: Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia in the second round


The three-time tournament winner Iran wins scores against Vietnam, Iraq destroys Yemen, Saudi Arabia convinced against Lebanon. The three Teams creating the premature entry into the knockout round.

After the 5-0 opening-day success against Yemen, Iran has now with 2:0 (1:0) against Vietnam. In order to reach the next round for sure. Goalscorer Sardar Azmoun dropped the Ball twice in the net fidget. In the first half, the striker brought the Team of coach Carlos Queiroz in the 38. Minute via a header but the ball is in the lead and then put in the 69. Minute after. Thus, Iran with six points in group D at the front. For Vietnam, a no-longer get stuck after the second defeat.

Iran showed from the start as the stronger team with more possession of the ball and the first big Chance of Vahid Amiri in the eleventh Minute. Vietnam was missing, however, it. The team presented itself, especially in the first half, weak in the attack. In the second half of Vietnam would have been able to add and Further. The opportunity to compensate, however, remained: the substitute Nguyen Van Toán fit in the 52. Minute on Nguyen Công Phuong. The shot from ten metres on the box, but came to the Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand.

Iran has ran in the last preliminary round game on Wednesday against Iraq, Vietnam against Yemen.

Iraq draws

In the second match of the group Iraq 3:0 (0:2) won against Yemen. Thanks to two early goals from Mohanad Ali Kadhim in the eleventh Minute and Bashar Resan Bonyan in the 19th century. Minute and a goal in injury time through Alaa Abbas the winner of the Asia Cup in 2007 secured. Yemen had already lost the first game of the tournament against Iran, with 0:5. Nevertheless, the team still has a Chance to come in third in their Group in the next round.

Novelty for Saudi Arabia

Ali Albulayhi and (r) and goalkeeper Mohammed Al Owais hails the first goal of the Saudis

In the third game of the group, Saudi Arabia 2:0 (1:0) won against Lebanon. Fahad Al Muwallad scored in the twelfth Minute, Hussain Almoqahwi increased for a final score of 67. Minute. For the first Time since 1996, the Saudis, who have set themselves in the opening game against North Korea have won their first two games. At that time they won the tournament, which was held in the Emirates.

mrl/pgr (sid, dpa)