Iran thumped Turkmenistan 7-1 Wednesday to start their Group H match of the AFC U-20 Women’s Asia Cup qualifiers at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Shipahi Mohammad Mustafa Kamal Stadium in the capital’s Kamalapur.
They dominated the first half 4-0. Midfielder Hasti Forouzandeh made a hat-trick, with goals in the 47th, 67th and 901st minutes. Captain and striker Mohaddeseh Zolfu struck twice (28th and 42nd); Rahil Jafari (37th) and Kimia Rahiminia (48th) netted one goal each.
Mingazova Kamila pulled one back for Turkmenistan in the 76th minute.
Bangladesh, placed in Group H with Iran and Turkmenistan, will start their campaign by taking on Turkmenistan Friday at 5pm. The hosts will face a stronger Iran Sunday in the last group match.
The second round of the tournament, with eight group champions, will be held during June 1-11.
Four teams from the second round will earn the right to play in the eight-team final round in Uzbekistan during March 3-16 next year along with Japan, North Korea, South Korea and the hosts.
Source: United News of Bangladesh