Going into the match between Iran and Cambodia, everyone was expecting an easy victory for Team Melli.
But a 14-0 win? I don’t know who could have imagined such a result. All I know is that Iran now has an excellent goal difference.
Iran absolutely dominated in every aspect of the match and Karim Ansarifard led the way with four goals while Azmoun added a hat-trick as he continues to increase his goal tally for Team Melli.
Mehdi Taremi added a brace and so did debutant Mohammed Mohebi. Hossein Kanaani, Ahmad Nourollahi, and Mehrdad Mohammadi each added a goal as well.
An interesting stat about that this match is that Mohebi, Kanaani, Nourollahi, and Mehrdad Mohammadi each scored their first goals for Team Melli.
It was definitely a great moment to see the Mohammadi twins celebrate together when Mehrdad scored his first goal on his Team Melli debut.
Alireza Beiranvand even managed to save a penalty but it ended up being a footnote on a night when the Iranian women were the real winners.
It was great to see Iranian women cheering for Team Melli at Azadi Stadium for the first time in forty years.
All we can do now is hope that the Iranian women get to go to the stadium to watch football whenever they please.
Team Melli has the best fans in the world and needs the support of everyone.
I am thrilled with the victory and next we must defeat Bahrain in Manama.