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Iraq vs Iran: Asia's most prestigious team needs to shows class

Iraq vs Iran: Asia's most prestigious team needs to shows class

Iran is the No. 1 Asian team in FIFA rankings and they will prove their class by facing neighbor Iraq in the Group C qualifying match of the 2022 World Cup.

Iran is the No. 1 Asian team, standing above both Japan and South Korea according to FIFA rankings. Therefore, they are rated the best in Group C of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier. Coach Marc Wilmots' team began the campaign with a 2-0 victory over Hong Kong. Afterward, Iran made many opponents wary when defeating Cambodia with a strong score of 14-0 in the second match.

However, Iran had to return to the ground soon as a guest against Bahrain in the last match. Coach Marc Wilmots and his players could not subdue Bahrain then accepted the loss 0-1. With this result, Iran has dropped to the 3rd place in Group C. Therefore, they need to show the strength of the No. 1 team in the region to regain the top of the table with a clash against Iraq.

Meanwhile, Iraq has also shown their strength with 7 points after 3 matches. After the draw against Bahrain, Iraq defeated Hong Kong Cambodia, then temporarily topping Group C due to the better goal difference than Bahrain.

In the head to head statistics, Iraq is not inferior to Iran when they won 1, lost 1 and drew 2. In the last two matches facing each other, Iran drew Iraq both. Therefore, Srecho Katanec's team is completely confident in this match against Iran.

Iraq vs Iran possible lineup:

Iraq: Mohammed Hameed, Saad Natiq, Alaa Ali Mhawi, Ahmad Ibrahim, Ali Adnan, Humam Tariq, Amjad Attwan Kadhim, Safaa Hadi Al-furaiji, Mohammed Qasim, Ibrahim Bayesh, Alaa Abbas.

Iran: Alireza Beiranvand, Ramin Rezaeian, Majid Hosseini, Hossein Kanaani, Milad Mohammadi, Mehrdad Mohammadi, Ahmad Nourollahi, Vahid Amiri, Ehsan Hajsafi, Sardar Azmoun, Mehdi Taremi.