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Published: 0934 GMT August 08, 2022

Iran-Senegal friendly set for Sept. 27: Report

Iran-Senegal friendly set for Sept. 27: Report

Sports Desk

Iran and Senegal will square off in a friendly fixture prior to the FIFA World Cup, according to a Senegalese website.

SenePlus reported on Sunday that the two sides will meet on September 27 in Austria, though the Iranian Football Federation is yet to confirm the news.

Senegal has been pitted against the Netherlands, Ecuador, and host Qatar in Group A of the World Cup.

Inspired by Bayern Munich’s Sadio Mané and Chelsea keeper Édouard Mendy, Senegal beat Egypt in the shootout for the Africa Cup of Nations trophy in Cameroon in February.

Should the match go through, it will be a second warmup encounter for Dragan Skocic’s men during the last international break before the finals get underway on November 21.

Iran will play Uruguay on Sept. 23 – also during a training camp in Austria.

In a first friendly after finishing atop the group at Asian qualifiers, Iran suffered a 2-1 defeat against Algeria in Doha in June.

The setback brought an avalanche of criticism for Skocic in the country, leaving the Croatian on the verge of losing his job after the Technical Committee of the Iranian football governing body labeled him as “unqualified” to steer Iran in Qatar, though it did not expand on the specific reasons behind the decision.

However, the presiding board of the federation announced a week later that Skocic would stay on as manager for the World Cup, throwing its “full-fledged support” behind him and his technical staff.

Iran will kick off its Group B campaign against England on the opening day of the showdown in the Persian Gulf country, before facing Wales and USA on November 25 and 29 respectively.


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