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2018 World Cup: Iran becomes third team to qualify after Brazil, Russia

2018 World Cup: Iran becomes third team to qualify after Brazil, Russia

- Iran became the first Asian team to qualify for next year’s FIFA World Cup

- Monday’s 2-0 win over Uzbekistan secured their place at Russia 2018

- This is the fifth qualification to the global finals for Team Melli

- The Asians join hosts Russia and Brazil at next year's showpiece event

Iran have qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia after a 2-0 victory over Uzbekistan in their qualifier on Monday evening.

In doing so, Team Melli became the first team from Asia to qualify for next year's showpiece.

2018 World Cup: Iran becomes third team to qualify after Brazil, Russia

Iran celebrate their victory over Uzbekistan

Sardar Azmoun’s first-half goal set the Iranians on their way to victory at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran, with Mehdi Taremi sealing qualification with a late second goal.

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This is the fifth qualification to the global finals for Iran, having previously appeared at football’s showpiece event in 1978, 1998, 2006 and 2014.

They join hosts Russia and five-time World Cup winners Brazil in securing their spot for next summer.

Meanwhile, you can see NAIJ.com's video of the Super Eagles training ahead of the World Cup qualifiers;

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