Iran wins Asian blind football gold
Date: September 7, 2015
Iran defeated China 1-0 on penalty kicks to take the title of Asian Blind Football Champions earlier today in the reain-soaked final in Tokyo, Japan.
At the end of the 50 minutes regular time and extra time there was nothing to separate the teams and the score remained 1-0. It was Iran that broke the deadlock from the penalty spot to take the Asian title from 2013 winners China.
Caption: Iran celebrates on the winners' podium.
Both Iran and China have also qualified for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, where they will join Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Turkey and Russia. The final team for Rio 2016 will qualify at the IBSA Blind Football African Championships next month in Douala, Cameroon.
Korea took the bronze medals, defeating hosts Japan in another penalty shoot-out, while Malaysia finished fifth, defeating India 1-0 in the first match of the day.
All match videos are available here.
Caption; banner for the IBSA Blind Football Asian Championships.