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Saman Ghoddos and IR Iran qualify for Qatar 2022

The latest World Cup Qualifying action for our players

28 January 2022

Saman Ghoddos and IR Iran are celebrating qualification for this year's FIFA World Cup following yesterday's 1-0 victory over neighbours Iraq.

Saman started at the Azadi Stadium, Tehran, earning his 30th cap, nine of which have come since joining The Bees. 

The only goal came three minutes after the restart; Mehdi Taremi capitalising on a defensive mistake to slot home his third of the campaign. 

Saman was withdrawn with 12 minutes to play as Iran held on to secure the three points they needed to book their spot in Qatar later this year. 

With six wins and a draw from their seven games so far, Iran top Group A with three to play. Next up for Team Melli is another home game, this time against third-placed United Arab Emirates on Tuesday. 

There was less good news for Ethan Pinnock and Jamaica as they conceded twice in the final nine minutes to lose 2-1 to Mexico. 

Ethan played the full 90 minutes at the National Stadium Independence Park, earning his third cap in the process. 

Ethan saw his central defensive partner Damion Lowe sent off in first-half injury-time for a heavy challenge in midfield. Despite being a man light, The Reggae Boyz took the lead five minutes after the break through Preston North End's Daniel Johnson. 

It looked for a long while that Jamaica would hold on but Henry Martin and Alexis Vega netted in the space of 118 seconds to turn the game around late on. 

Defeat leaves Jamaica seven points off the qualifying places with five to play. Panama, who sit in the final qualifying spot, are Jamaica's opponents on Sunday night. 


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