Soccer-Iran ease past Lebanon to close in on World Cup place (Reuters)

June 11 (Reuters) – Iran thrashed Lebanon 4-0 in Tehran on Tuesday to move into second place in Asia qualifying Group A and take control of their World Cup destiny. Goals by Mohammad Khalatbari, Reza Ghoochannejhad and two from captain Javad Nekonam helped Iran move past Uzbekistan into the automatic qualifying places ahead of their final match away to South Korea next Tuesday. The Koreans lead the group on 14 points from seven matches with Iran second on 13 and the Uzbeks third on 11 after their 1-0 loss in Seoul earlier on Tuesday. …

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