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Goal of the Day: U.S. vs. Iran

The Washington Post
Monday, June 21, 1998; Page D10



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Iran scored its first goal in the 40th minute on a header from midfielder Hamid Estili. The play took shape as midfielder Mehdi Madavikia passed the ball along the right outside edge of the box to Javad Zarincheh.

Meanwhile, Estili had gotten open in the middle of the U.S. defense about 12 yards from the goal. Zarincheh dribbled down the edge of the box, turned and lobbed the ball back to Estili, who powerfully headed the ball past goalkeeper Kasey Keller into the upper left corner of the net. Iran won the game, 2-1, to become the first Asian team to win a World Cup game.

The loss prevented the United States from advancing to the round of 16 and made their next match with Yugoslavia (Thursday in Nantes) a meaningless affair from the U.S.'s standpoint. The Iranians will advance to the round of 16 if they defeat Germany on Thursday in Montpellier.

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