Iran 2-0 Bahrain: Queiroz’s men triumph in Asian Cup opener

Goals from Ehsan Hajsafi and Masoud Shojaei were enough to move the three-time tournament winners into second in Group C.

Iran claimed a 2-0 Asian Cup victory over Bahrain to give their large contingent of boisterous fans plenty to cheer about at AAMI Park.

Ehsan Hajsafi and Masoud Shojaei scored either side of half-time for Iran, who were roared on by the vast majority of the 17,712-strong crowd in Melbourne on Sunday.

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Hajsafi opened the scoring in first-half stoppage time when his volley looped under the bar after Bahrain had partially cleared a corner, while Shojaei doubled Iran’s lead in the in the 71st minute from another set piece.

Iran showed plenty of power down the flanks, guile in midfield and defensive solidity and, barring a number of dubious offside calls, could have won by more than two goals.

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