Football: Turkey beat Iran 2-1 in friendly


Turkey defeated Iran 2-1 in an international friendly match on Monday evening in Istanbul.

The match in Istanbul's Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium saw two countries met with each other for the first time in 44 years.

While the majority of the spectators were Iranians, the first two goals came from Turkey with Everton's striker Cenk Tosun.

In the 90th minute of the match, Iran was awarded a penalty kick when Turkey's defender Omer Bayram blocked the shot with his hand in desperation, eventually was sent off.

Iran's Ashkan Dejagah — who plays for Nottingham Forest in England's Championship Division — converted the penalty kick to make the score 2-1.


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