Iran’s national blind men’s soccer team crushed France 7-0 in its group B match at the Spain Blind Football World Cup on Sunday in Madrid, Spain.
The Persian footballers were led by Sadeq Rahimi with a hat-trick. He scored three goals in the 16th, 35th, and 37th minutes. Hossein Rajabpour netted the ball twice for Iran in the 3rd and 12th minutes. Behzad Zad-Aliasghari also netted the ball twice with goals in the 12th and 20th minutes.
Iran shares Group B with France, Argentina and Columbia. This is the first time Iran is competing in the Blind World Cup. In their first match, Iran lost 1-0 a highly competitive and intense match to Argentina.
Columbia leads Group B with four points with Argentina sitting in second with the same points due to goal difference. Iran currently sits in third place with three points and France rounds out the bottom with zero points.
For the final match of the group stage Iran will line up against Columbia on June 12.
Iran can qualify from the group and move on to the quarter finals if it wins against Columbia or shares points in a draw.
The Spanish Blind Sports Federation (FEDC) and National Organization of Spanish Blind People (ONCE) are hosting the event in Spain for the first time. The event is sponsored by the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA).
The blind football games are underway in Madrid from June 7-17. For the first time in history, a record 16 national teams are participating. In the previous tournaments 8 to 12 teams attended.