Iran’s football 7-A-Side team wins silver in Rio Paralympics

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian men’s national football 7-a-side team collected a silver medal in the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

On Friday, the Iranian side conceded the title 1-2 to Ukraine after a game at the Deodoro Stadium, press tv reported.

The Iranian team had goalkeeper Babak Safari Kourabbasloo, defenders Hashem Rastegari Mobin, Lotfollah Jangjou, and midfielders Farzad Mehri, Hossein Tizbor, Mehdi Jamali and Jasem Bakhshi in its initial line-up.

The Ukrainian team exerted pressure on Iran’s goal from the beginning of the game until the 10th minute, when the Persians managed to decrease the pressure on them and establish themselves as a power to be reckoned with.

In the 24th minute, Safari kicked the ball out of the penalty area, but 37-year-old midfielder Antoniuk Volodymyr unleashed a shot toward Iran’s goal two minutes later to nail the opener for Ukraine.

Iranian players built up pressure on their opponents’ goalpost after the break, and went close to scoring the equalizer but didn’t quite get there.

They eventually managed to level the score at 1-1 in the 50th minute, when Jamali hit the back of the net.

Both teams failed to net the winner in the remaining minutes of the second half, and the gold medal match went into extra-time.

Artem Krasylnykov, 25, put Ukraine ahead in the 65th minute when he sailed the ball past Safari and into Iran’s net.

Two minutes later, Jamali squandered a marvelous opportunity and failed to net in a one-on-one position.

The Iranians then attempted but failed to equalize.

Earlier in the day, the Brazilian hosts had emerged victorious in their last battle against the Netherlands, and finished in the third place to receive the bronze medal.

By Fars News Agency