Is this the strike to beat for AFC Asian Cup goal of the tournament?
Iran fullback Ehsan Hajsafi registered an early contender in his side’s impressive 2-0 win over Bahrain on Sunday night, netting the match’s opening goal with an inch-perfect volley into the top corner.
Led by former Real Madrid coach Carlos Queiroz, Iran are expected to go deep into the tournament after a promising showing at last year’s FIFA World Cup.
Team Melli occupy an infamous position in Australia’s footballing history having dramatically denied the Socceroos a place at France ’98 with that World Cup qualification playoffs upset.
The two teams could potentially meet again in a Semi-Final in Sydney on Australia Day. Fingers crossed.