Iran is the third nation to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, joining Brazil and hosts Russia in international sports’ top spectacle.
Young forwards Sardar Azmoun (22, Rostov) and Mehdi Taremi (24, Persepolis) scored the goals as Iran topped Uzbekistan 2-0 on Monday in Tehran.
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The win gave Iran 20 points in qualifying with two matches left to play, and Team Melli now has seven more than second place South Korea and eight more than Uzbekistan.
The top two teams in both groups of AFC World Cup qualifying go to Russia, while the third place teams play a two-legged playoff to advance to the inter-confederation playoff against the fourth-place team from CONCACAF.