Sardar Azmoun and Karim Ansarifard had been heading in the right direction as Iran made a successful begin to qualifying for the 2022 World Cup with a 2-Zero win over Hong Kong on Tuesday.
In search of a sixth World Cup look and third in a row, Iran picked up most factors of their Group C opener after seeing off a decided and defensive Hong Kong, whose jeering followers drowned out the Chinese language nationwide anthem earlier than kick off.
Azmoun gave Iran the lead halfway by way of the primary half with a low volley into the underside nook earlier than Ansarifard secured the win with a side-footed end 9 minutes after the break.
“We gained three factors from this match, so I feel it was a optimistic outcome,” mentioned coach Marc Wilmots, who was taking cost of his first aggressive recreation for Iran.
“We encountered a wall of defence from the Hong Kong staff however we had been in a position to rating two targets and had alternatives to attain extra.
“That is the start of our preparations and we are going to get higher day-by-day.”
Iran are some extent behind group leaders Bahrain who gained away to Cambodia 1-Zero however have performed one recreation extra.
Japan, one other of Asia’s World Cup regulars, additionally picked up a 2-Zero win as targets from Shoya Nakajima and Takumi Minamino had been sufficient to see off Myanmar in Yangon in Group F.
Tajikistan prime the group after they picked up a second straight win with a 1-Zero victory in Mongolia.
In Group G, the United Arab Emirates fought again from going a aim down after 33 seconds to defeat Malaysia 2-1 in Kuala Lumpur due to a brace from Ali Mabkhout.
Former Socceroos coach Bert van Marwijk’s facet be a part of the Malaysians on three factors and path group leaders Thailand by some extent after Akira Nishino’s staff beat Indonesia 3-Zero in Jakarta.
Singapore pulled off a 2-1 victory over Palestine in Group D whereas the Philippines bounced again from their opening spherical loss in opposition to Syria to thrash Guam 4-1 in Group A.
Anjan Bista scored twice as Nepal beat Chinese language Taipei 2-Zero in Group B and Afghanistan notched up a 1-Zero victory over Bangladesh in Group E.
Jang Kuk Chol scored the one aim as North Korea defeated Sri Lanka to maneuver onto six factors in Group H, three forward of South Korea, who kicked off their marketing campaign with a 2-Zero win over Turkmenistan.