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Iran win to seal Asian Cup fate of Robson’s Thailand

Ali KarimiTEHRAN, March 3 (Reuters) - Javad Nekounam scored a superb 89th-minute header as Iran beat Thailand 1-0 on Wednesday to deny Bryan Robson’s team a place at next year’s Asian Cup finals.

Thailand missed out for the first time in 22 years, making it a miserable start to former England and Manchester United captain Robson’s international coaching career.

Having failed to make an impression since taking over from compatriot Peter Reid in October it is uncertain whether Robson, who is under contract for four years, will still be in charge for the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.

With Group E winners Iran already through to the Asian Cup finals in Qatar, Jordan took second spot with a 2-1 win over bottom team Singapore.

Thailand, who finished third, struggled to make headway against a full-strength Iranian side lifted by a sparse but vociferous crowd at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium.

Former Asian player of the year Ali Karimi was instrumental in most of Iran’s attacks and came close to scoring several times, teaming up with Ehsan Hajisafi and Nekounam to heap the pressure on the visitors.

News of a Singaporean equaliser in the other group match led to a brief rally by the Thais but that was short-lived when Jordan restored their lead and Iran regained control with a torrent of attacks that led to Nekounam’s decisive header.

(Reporting by Martin Petty in Bangkok, editing by Tony Jimenez. To comment on this story, e-mail: sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

 
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Brazil 2-0 Republic Of Ireland

Published on March 2, 2010 by in Brazil, Video

The first goal was definitely offside, but the second goal was a beauty.

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Rooney on the John Terry Wayne Bridge situation

Published on March 2, 2010 by in England, Video

 
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Published on March 1, 2010 by in lastkick.com

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Funny South Africa 2010 Pepsi Commercial

Published on March 1, 2010 by in Video, World Cup

Watch it to the very end for a chuckle.

and the making of the commercial:

 
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No-win situation for Afshin Ghotbi

Afshin Ghotbi

Afshin Afshar (lastkick.com) – Poor Afshin Ghotbi cannot get a break from his critics. Since announcing his 25 man roster in advance of the AFC Asian Cup clash with Thailand, the coach has been criticized and hammered not only by reporters and media analysts, but also by every other top league coach who’s got a couple of minutes of interview time.

Most of these coaches criticize Ghotbi for not picking more players from their respective clubs. They argue that their players “deserve” to be capped, but were not due to Ghotbi’s “biased” selection criteria and process.
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Wayne Bridge ignores John Terry – Chelsea VS Manchester

 
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Kashani criticizes Ghotbi’s picks

Habib Kashani and Ali Daei

Afshin Afshar (lastkick.com) – Perspolis FC President, Habib Kashani, took a shot at Team Melli Coach Afshin Ghotbi on Friday by questioning his squad choice for the match against Thailand. 

Claiming that Perspolis had a number of international caliber players, he questioned Ghotbi’s decision to invite only defender Alireza Mohammad. 

“Perspolis players are left off the national team squad when they are hitting their peak” 

Kashani went on to suggest that Ghotbi was letting his personal feelings cloudy his judgment. 

“If someone has a problem with me or (Perspolis Coach) Ali Daei, he should not take it out on the club. This team has a number of players who deserve to be capped. I am directing this to the IFF and Afshin Ghotbi” 

Interestingly, in 2008 Ghotbi led Perspolis to its first title in six years after he was handpicked by Kashani for the club’s coaching job. But Kashani resigned in the offseason sighting health related reasons, and Ghotbi did the same half way through the following season.

 
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