Monday, May 28, 2012

An Eye On Opponents – Albania (1) Iran (0)

Few after defeating Qatar 2-1 in Madrid, Albania pulled another surprise in the Turkish city of Istanbul with a 1-0 victory over Iran on Sunday.

Emiljano Vila scored “The Eagles” winner in the 60th minute with a beautiful strike from just outside the area.

Iran is set to face Qatar in Tehran on June 12th in day three of the final round of Asia’s 2014 World Cup. Qualifiers

Iran’s line-up against Albania

Alireza Haghighi – Hossein Mahini (Hadi Aghily 84'), Pejman Montazeri, Jalal Hosseini, Pejman Nouri (Khosro Heydari 58')- Andranik Teymourian, Javad Nekounam, Mojtaba Jabbari (Ghasem Dehnavi 77') – Mohammed Ebrahimi (Gholam Reza Rezaei 68'), Karim Ansarifard (Ali Karimi 67'), Ehsan Hajsafi (Mehrdad Pouladi 46')

Watch Vila's wonderful strike

An Eye On Opponents – Oman (1) Lebanon (1)

Lebanon impressed in their final friendly before facing Qatar on June 3rd in the opening day of the Asia’s final round of the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers. They pulled a deserved 1-1 draw against Oman in Muscat on Sunday.

Mohamed Ghaddar, who plays his football in Malaysia with Kelantan FA, gave the visitors the lead in the 23rd minute with a powerful header after a perfect cross from the left hand side by Zakaria Charara.

Omani League top scorer Waleed Ibrahim equalized nine minutes into the second half. The Swaiq striker was in the right place to followed up a ball blocked by Lebanon goalkeeper Ziad Al Samad.

Lebanon’s line-up against Oman

Ziad Al-Samad – Bilal Najjarin, Hussein Dakik, Ramez Dayoub, Walid Ismail (Ali Al Saadi 64') – Haitham Faour, Nader Matar (Akram Moghrabi 90'), Ahmad Zreik (Mohamed Haidar), Zakaria Charara(Hassan Al Mohamed 30') – Hassan Chaito (Mohaméd Shamas 70'), Mohammed Ghaddar (Amer Khan 79').

Watch Mohammed Ghadar's goal against Wigan's goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi

Watch Oman's equalizer