TASHKEND (Dispatches) - Iran have defeated Uzbekistan 1-0 in their first post-World Cup match at the Bunyodkor Stadium in Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan. Both teams had scoring opportunities in the first-half, but missed all their chances.
The 2 teams kicked off the 2nd half with several changes and it was the Iranians who broke the deadlock. In the 68th minute Mehdi Torabi found the net from close range to seal the victory for the visitors.
Iran have been drawn in Group D of the AFC Asian Cup along with Iraq, Yemen and Vietnam.
Hector Cuper's Uzbekistan are in Group F with Japan, Oman and Turkmenistan.
The Iranian team will also play a friendly against Bolivia in Tehran's Azadi Stadium ahead of the AFC Asian Cup.