Tehran: Sardar Azmoun struck twice as the Islamic Republic of Iran handed Hong Kong, China a 4-0 defeat in their opening game in Group E of the Preliminary Joint Qualification – Round 2 for the FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027 on Thursday.
Azmoun put his side two goals in front inside the opening 15 minutes at the Azadi Stadium before Mehdi Taremi added the third with three minutes remaining and Ramin Rezaeian curled in an injury time free kick for the fourth.
Azmoun put the home side in front in the 12th minute, scoring from close range after impressive work by Ehsan Hajsafi. .....
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