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Iran vs Korea Republic Final – LIVE Reddit Soccer 12/10/2021

Iran vs Korea Republic Final – LIVE Reddit Soccer 12/10/2021

Iran will host Korea Republic at the Azadi Stadium in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. The hosts come into the game on the back of a narrow 1-0 away win over the United Arab Emirates on Thursday. Porto forward Mehdi Taremi scored the match-winner in the 70th minute, while Sradar Azmoun missed a 90th-minute penalty for the visitors.

Korea Republic secured a 2-1 victory over Syria on home turf. All three goals came in the second half, with Heung-Min Son scoring the match-winner two minutes from time. The game will be a direct battle for top spot in Group A. Iran currently lead the way at the summit with maximum points accrued from three matches. South Korea are two points and one spot below them.

There has not been much more Iran could have done in World Cup Qualifying so far, as the nation from Western Asia have won all three of their matches, without conceding a goal.

 

A 1-0 opening match victory over Syria was followed up by a 3-0 thrashing of Iraq in the first international break, before they despatched the UAE last week when the qualifiers resumed.

Whilst they may have started third-round qualification in imperious fashion, Iran only scraped through their first stage, requiring a slender 1-0 victory over fellow Group B opponents Iraq in the final match of the second round.

Eventually finishing top of the Group C table, Iran only progressed through to the third round by two points ahead of Bahrain, avoiding what could have ended up an embarrassing early elimination for the Asian giants.

Despite their nail-biting end, Iran often entertained in their second-round fixtures, scoring double figures on two occasions and ending the group with a +30 goal difference after only eight games.

Their 10-0 victory over Cambodia in the penultimate match back in June marked the second time they had reached double figures over the Angkor Warriors, having already beaten them 14-0 in the first meeting.

Remarkably, neither results marked their record international victory, with that record still standing from Iran’s astonishing 19-0 triumph over Guam during their first-round Asian Cup qualification match in November 2000.

Unlikely to even come close to matching their biggest win on Tuesday, given the sternness of opponent they are set to face, South Korea will be keen to end Iran’s 100% record, whilst maintaining their own impressive streak in qualification.

The side from the Southern half of the Korean peninsula are also unbeaten in third-round qualification and since their disappointing 0-0 draw against Iraq, South Korea have won their next two Group A matches, toppling Lebanon and most recently Syria.

Like Iran, South Korea also topped their second-round group, however, they were much more comfortable than their opponents this week, securing progression by seven points over third-placed Turkmenistan.

Unbeaten throughout the second round, South Korea enter their clash against Iran 13 World Cup Qualification matches without defeat, having last been beaten by Qatar in June 2017.

Similarly, Iran are also in the midst of an impressive unbeaten run in World Cup Qualification and their streak outdoes that of South Korea, stretching back to their 1-0 loss against Uzbekistan in November 2012.

That equates to a whopping 29 World Cup Qualification matches without defeat and they look set to make it 30, given their record in recent years against South Korea.

It’s nine competitive matches without defeat for Team Melli against South Korea, making an Iranian loss an unlikely prospect.

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