Report from AFC Website - www.the-afc.com
HUE – Iran geared up for the AFC U-19 Championship as they came from one down to record a morale-boosting 2-1 win over fellow qualifiers Thailand in the final of the Thanh Nien Cup.
After a goalless first-half the Thais opened the scoring in the 50th minute through Ekkachai Rittiphan but their lead was short-lived as Mohsen Mosalam drew Iran level from the penalty spot seven minutes later.
The Thais were handed the numerical advantage in the 65th minute when Reza Rish Esfahani was sent off for a second bookable offence but despite playing the remainder of the match with a man less it was Iran that took the title thanks to a last gasp winner from Jalal Ali Mohammadi, his third of the campaign.
Hosts Vietnam finished third after edging ASEAN rivals Singapore 1-0.
Well done for coming second
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