Iranian women’s football to face most successful Chinese team in Asia – Reuters

Team Melli Banovan acted as spoilers on India’s opening night on Thursday, defending resolutely and relying on the heroics of Zohreh Koudaei’s goalkeepers to claim a historic 0-0 draw at Navi Mumbai.

As well as giving the Iranians their first point in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup, the result has given rise to the belief that they can compete with the best teams on the continent.

Few teams in Asia do better than China and no one can boast a better record in this competition, with the Steel Roses winning the trophy no less than eight times between 1986 and 2006 and setting a marker for a potential ninth title with a 4- 0 win over Chinese Taipei on Thursday.

But Irandoost has unwavering faith in their team’s potential and made a bold prediction on Sunday’s clash.

“We know China are one of the strongest teams in Asia and in this competition, but from what I’ve seen (against India), I think we can stop China from scoring. “, she said.

“Maybe now we are a bit tired, but I have confidence in my team and I think we can qualify from the group stage.”

Despite Iran’s rapid improvement in the women’s game, they will enter Sunday’s game as the least sought after of the two teams, especially given how easily Shui Qingxia’s side eliminated Chinese Taipei. Thursday.

The Chinese and Iranian women’s national teams have never met at senior level, with the Irandoost side becoming the 59th opponent to face the Steel Roses in an international match.

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