DUBAI (Dispatches) - In the 2019 Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup in Dubai, defending champions Iran have beaten host nation, the UAE, in penalties, after a 1-all draw in regulation, to set up a final match with Spain.
Iran’s keeper Hamid Behzadpour drew first blood in the opening period, when he rifled a long-range shot into the net.
In the second period, Iran held onto their slender lead, but the Emiratis restored parity in the third through their captain to force extra time.
Extra time failed to produce a victor, so the game rolled on into a penalty shootout, where each team missed one spot kick before Peyman Hosseini proved the hero for Iran as he saved the last penalty.
Iran will play against Spain in the final match, while handing the heartbroken Emiratis a play-off for third against Russia.