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AFC Beach Soccer Championship 2017
05 Mar 2017

Iran and Afghanistan poised for Group A clash

Both nations clinched victories on Sunday, with the former champions doing so in style.


Iran and Afghanistan warmed up for their intriguing encounter on Monday after each claiming impressive wins on day two of the AFC Beach Soccer Championship in Malaysia.

The sides meet in the final game of the day tomorrow in what promises to be an entertaining and decisive contest in terms of who progresses from Group A.

Former winners Iran opened their 2017 campaign in style as they hammered hosts Malaysia 14-0.

Fresh from their Persian Beach Soccer Cup success on home sand, the 2013 Asian champions proved a cut above their opponents, with Mohammadali Mokhtari and Farid Boulokbashi each bagging hat-tricks.

Earlier, Afghanistan moved outright top of the pool with a 7-2 win over a China side still without a point. Rohullah Rastagar saw his side down Malaysia on the opening day and, once again, Afghanistan showed their clinical side going forward.

Raof Qaderi and Sami Ullah Mohammadi proved the main sources of inspiration as they helped maintain Afghanistan’s strong start to proceedings in Kuala Terengganu.

Sunday results

14.30: Afghanistan 7-2 China

16.00: Malaysia 0-14 Iran

Monday fixtures

10.00: UAE v Iraq

11.30: Japan v Qatar

13.00: Oman v Thailand

14.30: Bahrain v Malaysia

16.00: Iran v Afghanistan

RESULTS & SCHEDULE
September 14, 2017 - September 17, 2017
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Playoffs
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Division A - Group 1
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Portugal POR 3 3 0 0 18 14 4 9
Spain ESP 3 2 0 1 18 11 7 6
Swizerland SUI 3 1 0 2 17 21 -4 3
Poland POL 3 0 0 3 15 22 -7 0
Division A - Group 2
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Russia RUS 3 3 0 0 12 6 6 9
Italy ITA 3 2 0 1 19 13 6 6
Belarus BLR 3 1 0 2 8 10 -2 3
Ukraine UKR 3 0 0 3 7 17 -10 0
Division B - Group 1
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Estonia EST 3 3 0 0 11 5 6 9
Greece GRE 3 2 0 1 13 9 4 6
Bulgaria BUL 3 1 0 2 8 9 -1 3
Romania ROM 3 0 0 3 7 16 -9 0
Division B - Group 2
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Turkey TUR 3 2 1 0 13 8 5 8
Hungary HUN 3 2 0 1 18 13 5 6
England ENG 3 1 0 2 10 12 -2 3
Moldova MOL 3 0 0 3 7 15 -8 0
Play-off for 7th Place
Romania ROM 3 - 5 MOL Moldova
Poland POL 4 - 4 (1 - 2) (PSO) UKR Ukraine
Play-off for 5th Place
Bulgaria BUL 3 - 5 ENG England
Swizerland SUI 6 - 4 BLR Belarus
Promotion Final
Estonia EST 2 - 4 TUR Turkey
Play-off for 3rd place
Greece GRE 1 - 3 HUN Hungary
Spain ESP 2 - 2 (0 - 2) (PSO) ITA Italy
Superfinal
Portugal POR 1 - 3 RUS Russia
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