The Team Melli side hosted their Belarusian counterparts in Bushehr and fielded some new talent
Iran has hosted three friendly games against Belarus this week in Bushehr, and it is safe to say that they can be satisfied with the outcome of this stage, with Hashempour having the chance to test new players and his team prevailing in the three of them. Despite the fight was very balanced, the hosts ended up winning all the matches, confirming that weeks of no competition after the Dubai Intercontinental Cup have not diminished their competitiveness.
The first game took place on the 18th of December, with Iran taking the first win with a narrow 3-2. After Mostafa Kiyani’s opener, Chaikouski and Novikau turned things around for Belarus, but Ali Darish Motevali and Aydin Teshnekari snatched the victory for the hosts.
On the 20th of December, in the second of the friendly matches, Iran grasped another really tight extra-time win over their European rivals. This time, the final score was 5-4, and the hosts had to overcome a 2-0 advantage by Belarus coming into the second period. The see-saw battle had Belarus commanding 3-4 midway third period, but the Iranian star Mohammad Ahmadzadeh sent the game to extra time in the very last minute. In that extra period, Mohammadi Mokhtari sealed the win for the hosts.
In the last clash, held on the 21st of December, the result was a bit more comfortable for Iran: 5-2. Two braces by captain Ahmadzadeh and Shahmoradi got Iran rounding a perfect week. Although Nikita Chaikouski leveled things back after Shahmoradi’s opener, a 3-0 run by Team Mealli