Qatar Football AssociationNews
12.01.2016 23:11 in :

Doha: Amir Motahhari scored one and set up the other as Iran

kicked off their AFC U23 Championship Group A campaignon

Tuesdayevening with a 2-0 win over Syria at Jassim Bin Hamad

Stadium.

Motahhari claimed a fine solo effort in the 64thminute before setting

up the impressive Mehrdad Mohammadi for the secondeight minutes

lateras Mohammad Khakpour’s side made the perfect start to their

attempt to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Ali Karimi and Farshid Esmaeili caused concern for the Syrian defence in

the opening 20 minutes, with Karimi forcing Syrian goalkeeper Abdullatif

Nassan into action thanks to a well-taken free kick while Esmaeili sent

his close-range effort over the bar.

Motahhari finally broke the deadlock when, picking the ball up inside the

left side of the Syrian penalty area he skipped past two defenders and

sent a low left foot shot across Nassan and into the far corner.

In the 70thminute, Iranian goalkeeper Mohammadreza Akhbari’s sharp

reactions saw him push Omar Kharbin’s perfectly struck shot over the

bar and, justtwo minutes laterthe result was put beyond any doubt.