The Iran women's national futsal team has thrashed Ukraine in an exhibition game as part of preparations for the 2018 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Futsal Championship in Thailand.
On Sunday evening, the Iranian sportswomen routed their Eastern European counterparts 5-2 in a match played in the Iranian capital city of Tehran.
The hosts started the match with vim and vigor, and Arezou Sedqiyanizadeh and Fatemeh E’tedadi scored two goals in quick succession in the 11th and 12th minutes of the game to put Iran in full control against the visitors.
Well-known Iranian striker Fereshteh Karimi then extended Iran’s lead and netted the third goal in the 16th minute.
A minute later, the Ukrainian futsal players’ efforts to narrow the deficit paid off, and they could pull one goal back.
After the re-start, Sara Shirbeigi took advantage of a golden opportunity, and scored Iran’s fourth goal in the 23rd minute.
Fahimeh Zare’i put the ball at the back of the net a quarter later, and put Iran 5-1 in front.
After that, Ukrainians managed to score their second of the fixture, but the goal was not enough to close the gap.
During the draw ceremony at the AFC House in the Malaysian capital city of Kuala Lumpur on March 4, the Iran women's national futsal team joined squads from Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in the preliminary round of the continental sports event.
Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau and Thailand form Group A in the forthcoming tournament.
Group B consists of Bangladesh, Chinese Taipei, Malaysia and Vietnam.
Bahrain, China, Japan and Lebanon are drawn in Group C.
The 2018 AFC Women's Futsal Championship, which will be the second edition of the international event, will take place between May 2 and 12, 2018.
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