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Played
June 12, 2012 4:30 PM BST
Azadi Stadium — Tehrān (Teheran)
Referee:‬ P. Green‎
Attendance:‬ 99800‎
 

Iran 0-0 Qatar: Team Melli frustrated at Azadi Stadium

Javad Nekounam went the closest to breaking the deadlock when he hit the woodwork as Qatar's resolute defence held on for a handy point on the road

By Ben Somerford

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Qatar have produced a determined defensive performance to hold out for a goalless draw away to Iran in their 2014 World Cup qualifier in Tehran on Tuesday evening.

In a game where quality chances were few and far beaten, the visitors defended with numbers behind the ball, as they claimed another point on the road, after winning earlier in their final round campaign away to Lebanon.

Team Melli were left frustrated by Paulo Autuori's defensive approach, with Qatari goalkeeper Qasem Burhan winning man-of-the-match honours, although Iran arguably failed to test him enough.

After Karim Ansarifard screwed a shot wide on 20 minutes and Fabio Cesar shot straight at Iran keeper Mehdi Rahmati, it was Osasuna midfielder Javad Nekounam who went the closest of anyone.

Hossein Mahini launched a long throw into the penalty area and the ball found its way through to Nekounam who acrobatically volleyed an effort over Burhan but into the crossbar on the half hour mark.

Qatar defender Marcone Amaral headed a Fabio Cesar corner straight at Rahmati five minutes later, while Ansarifard failed to seriously test Burhan with a header when found unmarked in the box.

Chances were harder to find in the second 45 as Qatar dropped more men behind the ball, although Khalfan Ibrahim broke into the box, only to fire into the side netting in a rare venture forward.

Iranian Pro League topscorer Ansarifard had an effort on goal deflected wide by a desperate Marcone tackle, as the hosts struggled to break open Qatar, despite Ali Karimi's best efforts with the Persepolis man produced several moments of individual skill.

An 89th-minute altercation between Fabio Cesar and Mohammed Reza Khalatbari threatened to boil over into a melee, before late chances were wasted.

Substitute Ashkan Dejagah fired an injury-time free kick well over the crossbar when well positioned for Iran, before Ibrahim Majid did likewise from long range in the dying moments as it ended 0-0.

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Iran

1
M. Rahmati
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
H. Aghily
Defender
 - 
2
Khosro Heydari
Defender
 - 
13
Hossain Mahini
Defender
54′
 - 
4
J. Hosseini
Defender
 - 
14
Andranik
Midfielder
86′
 - 
3
Ehsan Hajsafi
Midfielder
46′
 - 
6
Javad Nekounam
Midfielder
 - 
3
Mehrdad Pooladi
Defender
 - 
8
Ali Kharmi
Midfielder
88′
 - 
10
 - 

Qatar

 - 
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Qasem Burhan
Goalkeeper
84′
 - 
-
 - 
32
 - 
25
 - 
-
 - 
-
Adel Lamy
Midfielder
46′
 - 
-
 - 
10
 - 
15
 - 
-
Younes Ali
Midfielder
 - 
23

Substitutes

12
 - 
16
M. Forouzan
Goalkeeper
 - 
22
Shahab Gordan
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
20
 - 
24
 - 
17
Ghasem Dehnavi
Midfielder
 - 
36
M. Zare
Midfielder
90′
 - 
11
 - 
18
Pejman Noori
Midfielder
 - 
9
M. Khalatbari
Midfielder
46′
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
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Ahmed Sufyan
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
Baba Malick
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
-
Majdi Siddiq
Midfielder
46′
 - 
-
 - 
16
 - 
18
 - 
20

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
Matchday 3
Times In BST
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Shinji Okazaki Shinji Okazaki
Striker
Mainz
8 0
Younis Mahmoud Younis Mahmoud
Striker
Al Ahli (Jeddah)
7 1
Javad Nekounam Javad Nekounam
Midfielder
AlKuwait SC
6 1
Chu-Young Park Chu-Young Park
Striker
Watford
6 0
Keisuke Honda Keisuke Honda
Striker
Milan
5 2