Iran celebrates as national team earns World Cup spot

Iran's Alireza Jahan Bakhsh right defends against Uzbekistan's Akmal Shorakhmedov during their 2018 Russia World Cup qualifying soccer match at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran Iran Monday

Iran defeated Uzbekistan 2-0 to advance to successive FIFA World Cups for the first time in their history.

The world's maxumum soccer tournament will be celebrated in Russian Federation, from June 14 to July 15, 2018.

Iranian soccer fans applaud prior to start a qualifying match with Uzbekistan for 2018 Russia World Cup at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran, Iran, Monday, June 12, 2017.

Sardar Azmoun gave the lead Team Melli in the 23rd minute after he beat an offside trap following a counter-attack.

Iran join hosts Russian Federation and five-time champions Brazil in securing a place for the tournament which runs from June 14 to July 15, 2018.

The win means Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz's team will finish in the top two places in Group A of Asia's final round of qualifying.

It was Iran's sixth win from eight matches in Group A which took the table-toppers to 20 points, while South Korea are second on 13 ahead of their match against Qatar today.




Iran has yet to concede a goal in qualifying.

Thousands of Iranians spilled onto the streets after the match with impromptu street parties in Tehran and across the country as people danced, waved flags and honked vehicle horns.

Iran head coach Carlos Queiroz said that the match has been scheduled for October 10 in Russian Federation.

"I hope their qualification for the FIFA World Cup will inspire the team to do Asia proud next year in Russia", Sheikh Salman said.

Uzbekistan are eight points behind top placed Iran at the third spot and have only two games remaining.

Captain Masoud Shojaei squandered the chance to double Iran's advantage five minutes into the second half when he fired a penalty over the bar after Taremi had been bundled over in the box by Akmal Shorakhmedov.

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