News ID: 322108
Published: 1106 GMT June 07, 2022

Iran to play Algeria in pre-World Cup friendly

Iran to play Algeria in pre-World Cup friendly

Iranian players are involved in a training session in Doha, Qatar, on June 4, 2022.

Sports Desk

Iran will square off against Algeria in Doha on Sunday.

The Iranian squad is in the Qatari capital for a training camp as part of the preparation for the FIFA World Cup – starting November 21 in Qatar.

Algeria beat Uganda 2-0 – courtesy of goals by Aissa Mandi and Youcef Belaili – at home on Saturday and will play away to Tanzania today in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers before flying to Doha.

Iranian Football Federation’s announcement comes as a relief for Croatian manager Dragan Skocic and his team, who had seen a June 5 friendly against Canada in the city of Vancouver, unilaterally canceled by the North American country’s football governing body.

“The untenable geopolitical situation of hosting Iran became significantly divisive, and in response, the match was canceled," the Canadian football governing body said in a statement at the time, after the scheduled game had drawn weeks of backlash among Canadian politicians.

Iran has been pitted against England, USA, and Wales, which beat Ukraine 1-0 in Cardiff on Sunday for the last European slot in the finals, in Group B of the showdown in Qatar.

Seeking a first-ever progress to the last-16 round in the finals, the Asian powerhouse will kick off its campaign against England at Al Rayyan’s Khalifa International Stadium on the opening day of the competition.

Skocic’s men will then take on Wales on November 25, before going head-to-head with USA on November 29, in a repeat of the clash between the two geopolitical foes at the 1998 World Cup in France, which Iran won 2-1.



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