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Mehdi Taremi’s Second-Half Strike Against Iraq Fires Iran To 2022 FIFA World Cup In Qatar

For the first time since 2019, Iranian women were allowed at a football stadium during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Iraq on Thursday.

Mehdi Taremi’s Second-Half Strike Against Iraq Fires Iran To 2022 FIFA World Cup In Qatar
Iran became the first Asian team to qualify for 2022 World Cup in Qatar. AP

Mehdi Taremi scored from close range to lead Iran to a 1-0 victory over Iraq and seal the Islamic Republic’s third straight FIFA World Cup berth. (More Football News)

Taremi, the FC Porto striker, scored the only goal of the game in the 48th minute in the second half. He scored from inside the penalty box on a pass from midfield Ali Reza Jahanbakhsh. Iran's win came in Group A of the Asia region.

The win at Tehran Azadi stadium was Iran's earliest jump into the qualifiers. It marked the sixth time Iran has earned a spot in the World Cup in the nation's history.

Despite the fast spread of the aggressive omicron variant of the coronavirus in Iran, the government Wednesday approved the presence of some 10,000 spectators in the 100,000-seat stadium.

More than 2,000 were women. It was the second major soccer event that Iranian women have watched in the stadium. In 2019, for the first time in decades, hundreds of Iranian women were allowed to watch Persepolis play the Kashima Antlers of Japan in the Asian Champions League final.

FIFA had long demanded that Iran provide assurances that women will be allowed to attend 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Women have been mainly prohibited from attending men's games and other sports events in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution. 
 

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