Iran men’s national beach soccer team has chalked up a narrow win at the Persian Beach Soccer Cup in the southern Iranian port city of Bushehr, edging past the Polish squad in its opening match at the international sports event.
The Iranian outfit defeated the Eastern European team 3-2 in a match staged at Bushehr Tourism Village on Tuesday evening.
Iran’s forward Mohammad Ali Mokhtari opened the scoring only a few minutes into the game, before Polish player Karim Madani netted the equalizer from the penalty spot and at the turn of the first twelve-minute period.
After the first interval, Iranian defender Amir Hossein Akbari grasped a marvelous opportunity to place the ball at the back of Poland’s net and double the scoreboard.
Akbari seized another perfect chance a few minutes later and scored a brace to put Iran national beach soccer team 3-1 ahead.
The Poles then tried hard to reduce the deficit, and Witold Ziober managed to strike Poland’s second goal as the clock ticked toward the final whistle.
Earlier in the day, Italy conquered reigning Euro Beach Soccer League champion Ukraine 7-6 in the tournament.
The Persian Beach Soccer Cup kicked off in Bushehr, southern Iran, on February 14 and will come to close on February 16, 2017.
The international sports event has brought together national beach soccer teams from the Islamic Republic of Iran, Italy, Poland and Ukraine.