Press TV, Tehran
Iran has won the ticket for the 2022 Qatar World cup after winning over the Iraqi team at Azadi stadium in Tehran.
Iran has become the first Asian team to qualify for this year's World Cup in Qatar with a 1-0 win over Iraq in Tehran.
Porto forward Mehdi Taremi scored the only goal of the match to send Iran through to a World Cup finals for the sixth time.
The Iranian team is unbeaten in the third stage of qualifying, having won six of their seven matches, with a draw against South Korea.
Team Melli consolidated their position on top of the Group A table with 19 points, two points ahead of South Korea.
They extended their impressive unbeaten run since Croatian head coach Dragan Skocic took over in February 2020, with 11 wins and one draw.
The Iraqis struggled for momentum and failed to break down the famed Iranian defense, with the hosts clearly the dominant side in front of their home fans.
Iran have played in the World Cup five times in the past – in 1978, 1998, 2006, 2014 and 2018 – while Iraq's last and only participation was in Mexico 1986.
Iranian women were allowed Thursday to watch the match at Azadi Stadium in Tehran. 2,000 of the 10,000 tickets were exclusive to women for the 2022 World Cup qualifier between Iran and Iraq.
Meanwhile, Iran’s win poured many people out to streets across the country to celebrate the fastest qualification for the World Cup.
With its win over the Iraqi team Iran has won the ticket for the third time in a row for the world cup this time due in Qatar in 2022.