IR Iran impress in win over Syria

Both Iran and Syria used the friendly as preparation for the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023, with the second round set to conclude in June.

Iran had the best possible start to the match as they opened the scoring after only two minutes when Hossein Kanaanizadegan headed home a corner.

Iran nearly scored a second in the 16th minute when Sardar Azmoun collected a neat pass before firing a powerful shot from inside the area but Syrian goalkeeper Ibrahim Alma blocked the ball with his leg.

Alma, however, was beaten by Azmoun in the 38th minute when the forward pounced on a rebound after the goalkeeper had parried an initial effort by Mehdi Taremi.