(MENAFN) Iran's U20 women's national football team secured a 2-1 victory over Lebanon in a Group A match of the AFC U20 Women's Asian Cup 2024 Qualifiers. Hasti Forouzandeh was the standout performer for the Iranian team, scoring both goals during the game. Despite this win, Maryam Jahan Nejati's squad was unable to advance to the next stage of the tournament.
The Iranian team had a challenging start to the qualifiers, suffering a narrow 3-2 defeat to the hosts, Vietnam, in their opening match. They faced another setback in their second game against Australia, losing 3-0. Despite their best efforts, the team's early defeats proved to be decisive in their bid to progress further in the competition.
Reflecting on the team's performance, Coach Maryam Jahan Nejati expressed her satisfaction with the victory in the final match. However, she acknowledged the team's failure to secure a place in the next stage of the tournament. Jahan Nejati emphasized the importance of more preparatory matches and expressed her hope that the football federation would arrange additional friendly games for the team in the future to aid their development.
The AFC U20 Women's Asian Cup 2024 Qualifiers follow a round-robin format, and the top two teams from each group will earn a spot in the finals of the tournament. These qualifying teams will be joined by Japan, DPR Korea, and South Korea, the top three teams from the 2019 AFC U19 Women's Championship, as well as the host country, Uzbekistan.
The upcoming 2024 AFC U20 Women's Asian Cup is scheduled to be held from March 3 to 16, 2024. The tournament will bring together the best U20 women's national teams from across Asia, competing for the coveted title and a chance to showcase their talent on the international stage.
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