Wed, 24 Jul 2019

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iran needed extra time to see off the plucky challenge of Lebanon, winning 3-2 to seal its place in the semi-finals of the AFC U-20 Futsal Championship 2019 on Tuesday.

- Sports news -

Iran will play Japan in Thursday';s semi-final after the East Asian team defeated 2017 runner-up Iraq in its last eight tie earlier on Tuesday.

The other semi-final match will see Indonesia taking on Afghanistan.

Iran entered the match as clear favorite after progressing into the quarter-finals undefeated as Group A winner. On top of that, the host nation had also beaten Lebanon two years ago at the same stage.

Lebanon, meanwhile, lost to Thailand two days ago to finish Group B runner-up, but was looking to shock Iran.

Ali Aghapour scored twice and Reza Ghanbari also was on target for Iran.

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