Alireza Jahanbakhsh played a leading role for Iran in the World Cup qualifier against South Korea on Tuesday.

The Feyenoord attacker saved a point for the Asian country with a header, leaving Iran the leader in the World Cup qualifying group.

South Korea had taken the lead in Tehran shortly after the break through a goal from Tottenham Hotspur player Son Heung-min.

The attacker didn't fail when he was put alone in front of the keeper by Jae-Sung Lee of Mainz.

Fifteen minutes before time, Jahanbakhsh tied the score.

The Iran captain cleverly headed a cross from the right into the short corner about 15 meters from goal.

After that, no more goals were scored in the Iranian capital.

Due to the draw, the unbeaten Iran remains the leader in group A in the Asian World Cup qualifying series.

The team of Croatian national coach Dragan Skocic has ten points after the first four matches, two points more than South Korea.

Only the group winner qualifies directly for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The runner-up plays the play-offs.

Later in the day, former Orange national coaches Bert van Marwijk (United Arab Emirates) and Dick Advocaat (Iraq) face each other at UAE-Iraq.

The duel in Dubai starts at 6.45 pm (Dutch time).

Both countries can afford few mistakes in the battle for a World Cup ticket.

Both Iraq and the UAE have two points after three matches and are still waiting for the first victory in the World Cup qualifying series.

Standings in Group A World Cup Qualifying (Asia)

  • 1. Iran 4-10 (6-1)

  • 2. South Korea 4-8 (4-2)

  • 3. United Arab Emirates 3-2 (1-2)

  • 4. Lebanon 3-2 (0-1)

  • 5. Iraq 3-2 (0-3)

  • 6. Syria 3-1 (2-4)

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