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Azerbaijan holds Iran to three-all draw in 2018 AFC Futsal Championship warm-up match

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The Iranian men’s national futsal team (file photo)

Azerbaijan had held the Iranian men’s national futsal team to a draw in a friendly played as part of preparations for the 2018 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Futsal Championship.

On Tuesday evening, the Iranian and Azerbaijani sides played out a three-all draw at the end of an exhibition game in the Azerbaijani capital city of Baku.

Forward player Mehran Alighadr, Hossein Tayyebi and Mahdi Javid scored Iran’s three goals in the 8th, 20th and 35th minute.

Iran’s futsal team is scheduled to take on Azerbaijan in its second scrimmage in Baku on Wednesday.

The Iranian men’s national futsal team is gearing up for the 2018 AFC Futsal Championship, which will take place in Chinese Taipei between February 1 and 11, 2018.

During the official draw ceremony at the Sherwood Taipei in Taipei on December 12, 2017, Iran joined China, Iraq and Myanmar in Group C of the upcoming continental sports event.

The host nation, Bahrain, Malaysia and Vietnam form Group A in the preliminary round of the tournament.

Japan is drawn in Group B, and is pitted against South Korea, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Group D consists of Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon and Thailand.

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