Iran 1-0 Uruguay: England’s World Cup opponents issue stern warning by defeating star-studded Uruguay

Iran 1-0 Uruguay: Mehdi Taremi’s goal sent England’s World Cup opponents a stern warning to Gareth Southgate’s side by beating star-studded Uruguayan sides Darwin Nunes and Luis Suarez in a friendly

  • Iran defeated Uruguay in a friendly ahead of the upcoming World Cup
  • Porto striker Mehdi Taremi secured victory with a second-half goal
  • The team will play a friendly against England before the start of the World Cup

Iran, England’s first opponents in the World Cup group stage, showed Gareth Southgate’s players face a tough challenge in 58 days with a win against strong Uruguay.

Center forward Mehdi Taremi, a constant threat at Porto for several years, scored the winner after a skillful passing that typified Iran’s technical prowess.

Brentford’s Saman Ghoddos, who had no Premier League time this season, also stood out.

Porto striker Mehdi Taremi scored to give Iran a surprise win over Uruguay

Carlos Queiroz's side will play just one more friendly before meeting England at the World Cup

Carlos Queiroz’s side will play just one more friendly before meeting England at the World Cup

He’d flicked a ball over Martin C├íceres to run to the right and executed a deft back pass from which left-wing striker Mehdi Torabi should have scored before starting the action that scored the goal.

Sadegh Moharramim, the right-back who excelled for Dinamo Zagreb when he beat England international Raheem Sterling in their 1-0 Champions League win over Chelsea last month, linked well with Feyenoord’s Alireza Jahanbakhsh on the right. This was the flank where Iran posed a threat.

Returning coach Carlos Quieiroz also seems to have restored the defensive prowess that made the Iranians hard to take at World Cups.

Luis Suarez was among several big names in the Uruguay team who failed to score against Iran

Luis Suarez was among several big names in the Uruguay team who failed to score against Iran

Hossein Kanaani was a major influence, teaming up with Moharramim to snuff out a chance Darwin Nunez had and hitting the ground running after a falling out with Suarez.

Uruguay should have scored. Suarez, who is back playing football with Nacional in Uruguay, doesn’t bring the old physical threat with him but he created a chance he narrowly missed and blasted another over the bar. An early 20-yard shot by Nunez was knocked over in a match played behind closed doors at the request of the Iranian FA.

After the USA’s dreadful performance in the 2-0 defeat by Japan in Dusseldorf yesterday, Iran ended the evening with renewed confidence that they can qualify for the England and Wales group. That is certainly the expectation at home.

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