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Russia salvage draw with Iran in friendly

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Russia salvaged a 1-1 draw in the 2018 World Cup hosts' friendly against Iran on Tuesday.

The game was played at a pedestrian pace in Moscow before Sardar Azmoun's 57th-minute opening goal for Iran, scored on a quick counterattack following a pass by Mehdi Taremi.

In response, the Russians took more risks and were rewarded in the 74th minute when Alexander Samedov found space down the right to cross for his fellow substitute Dmitry Poloz, who was left with a tap-in.

Russia could have scored an equaliser...

 By Paul Murphy

Former Thailand boss Winfried Schafer takes over at Esteghlal FC in Iran

Ex-Thailand boss Kiatisuk Senamuang is struggling since taking charge of Port FC.

Former Thailand and Cameroon head coach Winfried Schafer has been appointed as the new manager of Iranian giants Esteghlal FC.

The 67-year-old German joins the two-time AFC Champions League (ACL) winners following a year out of the game since parting company with the Jamaican national team 12 months ago.

His move back into club management comes just a couple of weeks after ex-Thailand national coach Kiatisuk Senamuang parted ways with Thai side Port FC

Schafer succeeds former Balestier Central...

Socceroos' World Cup playoff evokes memories of Uruguay miracle

Australia and Syria will go head-to-head in the first round of a series of playoffs on the road to next year's World Cup.

The opening leg on neutral soil in Malacca, Malaysia, on Thursday will be followed by the second leg in Sydney on Oct. 10.

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The winners will face the fourth-placed team from the CONCACAF zone in another two-legged playoff for a place at Russia 2018.

Here are five memorable playoffs from around the region:

North Korea v Australia, Phnom Penh, 1965

It was the days before the World...

FIFA ban Saeid Ezatolahi for Iran's World Cup opener

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Iran's Saeid Ezatolahi, left, will miss his country's World Cup opener in Russia.

ZURICH -- FIFA has banned Iran midfielder Saeid Ezatolahi from his team's first game at the World Cup.

FIFA says its disciplinary panel imposed a two-game suspension on the 21-year-old Ezatolahi for his red card against South Korea in a qualifying match in Seoul on Aug. 31.

Ezatolahi brought his boot down on the head of South Korea midfielder Kim Min-jae, who had fallen facing the turf after the two clashed in an aerial challenge.

The first game of Ezatolahi's suspension was served by missing a...

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Former Manchester United assistant Carlos Queiroz works wonders in Iran

Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson discuss Son Heung-Min and Ki Sung-Yeung's call-ups for South Korea and their race to be fit.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has made the recently released 12-name shortlist for FIFA coach of the Year. But there is a former No. 2 at Old Trafford who is arguably more deserving of inclusion.

The likes of Mourinho, as well as Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, have spent hundreds of millions of pounds for uncertain league performances. However, Carlos Queiroz's achievements with Iran have been truly impressive.

The Mozambique-born manager has been quietly turning Team Melli into...