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EghtesadOnline: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa hailed Iran for standing on Asia’s first place at 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

“On behalf of the Asian football family, I would like to congratulate the Islamic Republic of Iran for their convincing and consistent campaign throughout the qualifiers to become the first Asian team to qualify for Russia 2018, ” AFC website quoted Shaikh Salman as saying.

“This achievement reflects the hard work and commitment of the Football Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran to succeed at the highest international level. As envisaged in the AFC’s Vision and Mission, I hope their World Cup qualification will inspire the team to do Asia proud on the world’s biggest stage.”

“As we approach the closing stages of qualification, I wish all our teams the very best of luck.”

According to IRNA, Iran National Football Team hit Uzbekistan on Monday 2-0 to advance to the 2018 World Cup in Russia for the fifth time in its history.

With two weeks left to the end of the preliminary stage of 2018 World Cup, Iran is the first in the region and the second in the world to book a ticket in the globally prestigious competition. Brazil was the first country to book their trip to Russia 2018.

Iran has so far, participated in 1978 Argentina, 1998 France, 2006 Germany, and 2014 Brazil World Cups.

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