Trio leap into last 16

  • Sardar Azmoun stars as IR Iran book last-16 ticket
  • Iraq cruise past Yemen into knockout stage
  • Saudi Arabia beat Lebanon to reach Round of 16

Three more sides confirmed their places in the next round of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 with comfortable wins across the board. rounds up all the action from Matchday 8 as IR Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia all made sure their campaigns will live beyond the group stage.

Vietnam 0-2 IR Iran, Group D
Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Vietnam enjoyed a bright start, but Iran didn’t take long to settle into their stride. Team Melli looked most dangerous when whipping the ball in from wide, so it was fitting that Sardar Azmoun opened the scoring with his head following a superb flowing move shortly before the break.

SAFF Championship winners Vietnam looked sharper still when they came back after half-time, but they failed to show the sharpness needed to draw level. You couldn’t level the same criticism at Azmoun as, when the ball broke to him on the edge of the box, he clinically fired home to rack up his third of the tournament and seal victory for Iran.