0635 GMT October 17, 2021
Son Heung-min and Alireza Jahanbakhsh were on the scoresheet as South Korea and Iran settled for a 1-1 draw in the 2022 World Cup Asian qualifiers in Tehran on Tuesday.
The result saw Iran keep a two-point lead over South Korea on top of Group A of the qualifiers, which also features the UAE, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria.
The draw also ended a 10-game winning streak for Croatian Dragan Skocic since he took over as Iran manager.
After a cagy first half at an empty Azadi Stadium, Son broke the deadlock for the visitors with three minutes into the second period.
Lee Jae-sung picked Son with a through ball behind Iran’s backline before Tottenham Hotspur striker’s effort from behind the box found the bottom-right corner.
Iran desperately pushed for an equalizer and was unfortunate to see Saeed Ezzatollahi’s strike from outside the box hit the woodwork.
Skocic’s men’s pressure eventually paid off with 14 minutes from normal time, when skipper Jahanbakhsh headed home a Sardar Azmoun’s inch-perfect cross.
Iran could have found the winner two minutes later, only to see Mehdi Taremi’s long-range effort go out off the post.
The host, however, was lucky to leave the pitch with the minimum point as goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand was alert to deny Na Sang-ho’s final kick of the game.
Iran will play Lebanon and Syria in the November window while South Korans face the UAE and Iraq.