Iran aim to extend unbeaten streak against UAE: 2022 WCQ – Sports news

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Bert van Marwijk’s side will also be looking forward to making the most of the two home games over the next five days, with Iraq heading to Dubai next Tuesday.

Two wins in those matches would bring the UAE considerably closer to their first FIFA World Cup since their lone appearance in 1990, but a pair of losses have the potential to derail their campaign.

Dragan Skocic’s side will extend their seven-game unbeaten streak.

Mehdi Taremi arrives in Dubai after becoming the first player from his country to score against Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League, while Sardar Azmoun – suspended for last month’s victory over Syria – has scored a goal in every 120 minutes of game for Russian champions Zenit this season.

With AEK Athens striker Karim Ansarifard and Belgian Kaveh Rezaei also in the squad, the Melli Skocic team has no shortage of options, but it was the Iranian defense that shone the most during the successes of the last month against Syria and Iraq.

Goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand recorded two clean sheets and just two saves, with an Omar Khribin missing the only clear opportunity created by Syria or Iraq in 180 minutes of football, the-afc.com reported.

The Melli team also have an exceptional record against the United Arab Emirates, having lost only once in the previous 16 meetings between the two teams, and inflicting losses in the AFC Asian Cup in 2011 and 2015.

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