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Ashgabat: A Mahdi Javid hat-trick was the highlight as Islamic Republic of Iran beat Jordan 7-3 in a Ashgabat 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games men's futsal Group D match on Tuesday.

IR Iran hit four past a Jordanian side -  who beat Kyrgyz Republic 7-1 in their opener -  to take a 4-0 lead at the break as their opponents could not find a foothold in the match.

Iran were relentless, scoring three more in the second period to go seven up as their goals came from Ahmad Esmaeilpour (3rd, 22nd), Abolghasem Orouji  (5th), Hossein Tayebibidgoli (16th) and Javid (20th, 28th, 34th).

Jordan, however, finally found a breakthrough after IR Iran’s goalkeeper Alireza Samimi was substituted in the 33rd minute as they attempted a fightback.

Goals from Qais Mohammad Fawzi Shabib (33rd) and a brace from Tamem Ibrahim Mohammad Gedan (36th, 37th) were not enough though as IR Iran stayed in control for the win.

"This was just training for us. We tried different things and tactics. From the semi-finals and the final onwards it will be difficult," said IR Iran's Farhad Tavakoli Roozbahani.

Meanwhile, in another Group D tie, Kyrgyz Republic bounced back from their opening match loss against Jordan to register a 4-2 win over Tahiti.

In Group C action, Thailand overcame Lebanon 5-2 in their opening match.

The 2013 bronze medallists scored first through Suphawut Thueanklang in the second minute but Lebanon equalised with Ali Tneich’s strike in the fifth.

Apiwat Chaemcharoen added the second for Thailand a minute later as they took a 2-1 lead at halftime.

Warut Wangsama-Aeo scored the third for Thailand in the 33rd minute as Muhammad Osamanmusa scored a brace in quick succession in the 38th to put the tie out of reach.

Lebanon however, scored a minute before the final whistle through Ali Tneich – for his second in the match to leave the score at 5-2.

"It was in the last minute and we were winning 5-1. It was a lack of concentration. We must show more experience in those situations," said Thailand coach Jose Maria Pazos Mendez after his team conceded a late goal to Lebanon.

"Now we must beat Japan to win the group and avoid Iran in the next round.They are the strongest team here and we would prefer to meet them in the final," he added.



Group A 

Sept 19
Vietnam 8-0 Hong Kong
Turkmenistan 4-2 Solomon Islands

Sept 18
Solomon Islands 4-3 Chinese Taipei
Hong Kong 1-7 Turkmenistan

Sept 16  
Chinese Taipei  2-1 Vietnam
Solomon Islands 4-1 Hong Kong

Group B

Sept 19
China PR 1-5 UAE
Uzbekistan 9-1 Maldives

Sept 18
Maldives 1-6 Afghanistan
UAE 1-5 Uzbekistan

Sept 16
Afghanistan 6-1 China PR
Maldives 1-3 UAE

Group C

Sept 19
Lebanon 2-5 Thailand

Sept 18
Japan 5-2 Lebanon

Group D

Sept 19
Tahiti 2-4 Kyrgyz Republic
Jordan 3-7 IR Iran

Sept 18
IR Iran16-1 Tahiti
Kyrgyz Republic 1-7 Jordan