The Iran national under-23 football team, also known as Iran U-23 or Iran Olympic Team, has trounced North Korea to notch up its first victory at the preliminary round of the 2018 Asian Games.
On Friday, the Iranian squad defeated the East Asian side 3-0, and was rewarded with all three points of the Group F match at the Wibawa Mukti Stadium in the Indonesian town of Cikarang.
Young Iranian footballers, who shared the spoils in a goalless draw with Saudi opponents on Wednesday, started brightly against their North Korean counterparts.
Iranian midfielder Mohammad Khodabandehlou and striker Amir Roustaei got two marvelous opportunities within the first 18 minutes, but their chances were saved by North Korean goalkeeper Kang Ju-Hyok.
North Koreans then responded and went close to scoring the opener in the 19th minute. Iranian goalkeeper Mehdi Amini pulled off a save and parried Ri Un-Chol’s strike though.