Reigning champs Iran delight home fans at Asian Men's U23 Championship
Before the match, performers sang for the many foreign guests and a full house of spectators for the opening day of the tournament. A ceremony was also held in remembrance of coach Hossein Madani, who hailed from Ardabil and helped to develop volleyball's popularity in Iran.
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Juan Manuel Cichello, the new Argentinian head coach of Iran’s U23 team, fielded Rahman Taghizadeh, Saeid Javaheri Tavana, Amin Esmaeilnejad, Javad Karimi, Sahand Allahverdian, and Salim Cheperli in the starting line-up.
Iran took a comfortable opening set 25-12, but Pakistan came back much stronger in the second set when they fought back bravely to tie at 17-17 and again 24-24. Iran called a timeout when they were trailing 24-25. The set was hotly contested and Pakistan performed well to lead again at 26-25. The Iranian fans continued to support their team, however, and Iran eventually finished the close second set 29-27. Breathtaking play was repeated in the third set with Iran finishing up at 28-26.
Amin Esmaeilnejad of Iran, the top scorer of the match, said: “We practised a lot, longing for such a win to make people happy. The first match was tough but we could get over it.”
Iran’s head coach Cichello said he was impressed by the level of play at the tournament and expressed his gratitude to the Iranian fans for their support. He expressed his intention to “try and earn the result.”
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