Iran books ticket to 2018 World Cup

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Iran became the second team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup as they beat Uzbekistan 2-0 in Tehran.

Iran's Alireza Jahan Bakhsh, right, defends against Uzbekistan's Akmal Shorakhmedov during their 2018 Russia World Cup qualifying soccer match at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran, Iran, Monday, June 12, 2017.

Five-time winners Brazil were the first team to join hosts Russian Federation at next year's tournament. Meanwhile, Japan and Saudi Arabia are equaled in the top of Pool B, with 16 points, but Japan has a better average of scored and received goals than Saudi Arabia. The team is unbeaten from eight games and eight points clear of third-placed Uzbekistan with two qualifiers remaining, so can not be denied a top-two finish and an automatic spot in Russian Federation next year.

As has been the case throughout the campaign, Queiroz's team stifled their opposition, giving little away in front of goal as they continued a remarkable streak of not conceding in qualifying that stretches back all the way to November 2015.

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But Taremi calmed Iran's nerves when he added the second goal late on by curling a low shot into the corner of Lobanov's goal to spark the celebrations amongst the home supporters.

This was an early qualification for Iran as it still has to play against South Korea and Syria. Men, woman and children spilled into the streets with flags and chants and motorists honked their horns.

He said he hopes Iran will retain Queiroz has head coach even after the World Cup.

Unbeaten in eight qualifying games, Team Melli maintained the dominant position in Group A with a stunning clean sheet on their way to the World Cup.

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