Alireza Jahanbakhsh vowed that Iran will try to complete its quest for a place in the FIFA World Cup next year after beating South Korea in the 2022 Qatar qualifier in Tehran on Tuesday.
Jahanbakhsh’s header canceled Son Heung-min’s first match for the Paulo Bento team as the top two of the Asian preliminaries in Group A shared the points with a 1-1 draw at the Azadi Stadium.
The result means that the Iranian team lost their perfect record after three consecutive victories, but Dragan Skocic’s team still leads the South Korean team by two points in the standings.
“We should get three points at home,” the Feyenoord winger said.
“We played very well in the second half, but didn’t score. However, thank goodness, we were still one point short and we were still number one in the group.
“There is still a long way to go, but we will continue to move forward and continue to move forward to enter the World Cup as soon as possible,” he added.
The son scored three minutes in the second half and scored a landmark goal at halftime. Then Jahambakhsh sent a perfect header to the corner after 14 minutes to win a point for the hosts.
Iran now scored 10 points in the first four games, two points ahead of South Korea, and the third-ranked Lebanon defeated Syria 3-2, further trailing by three points.
Only the top two teams are definitely eligible to participate in the World Cup next year, and the country is ranked third, entering a series of playoffs, competing for the fifth place in Asia.
“We knew it would be difficult,” Jahanbakhsh said.
“We are at the top of the group stage, and on our side, we want to move on and keep the group lead. The South Korean team scored a point here,” he added.