Analysis of Syria's defeat to Iran in the Asian Cup final

Couplet- Iranian Mehdi Taremi's eyes filled with tears as he sat in the stands while his national team teammates took the penalty kick that gave them victory over Syria and qualification to face Japan in the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup. It is being held in Qatar till the tenth of this month.

The most optimistic Syrian fans who gathered at the Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium in Doha did not expect that their country would compete with Iran and drew with them in the regular time of the match, which forced them not only extra time but penalty kicks.

Although the first half of the match was in full control of the performance and result of the “Lions of Persia”, the Syrian team regained its breath in the second half thanks to the tactical substitution made by the Argentine Hector Cuper, the coach of “Nussour”. Qasion” coach.

Cuper, who is known for his loyalty to the 4-4-2 scheme and defensive approach that he has followed with all national teams and the teams he coaches, made a quick substitution by bringing on Pablo Sabbagh in the 58th minute. Did. Professional in the Peruvian “Alianza Lima” team, replacing Mahmoud Al-Aswad.

This substitution bore fruit after 6 minutes when he scored a penalty kick, from which national team captain Omar Khribin scored the equalizer for his country.

Regarding this replacement, Syrian football analyst, Mohammed al-Khouli, says, “Kopar wanted to turn Sabbagh (1.88 cm) into a fulcrum to transfer high balls from the defenders and midfield to the attackers, thus advanced the Iranians. Defense can be harmed.” And he relied too much on the offside trap.”

He further added, “Sabbagh's speed and physical strength enable him to outperform the Iranian national team's defenders who were slow in spreading and passing the ball. Sabbagh was able to reach Sabbagh after Khribin's pass behind the Iranian defence. “Cuyper really got into it after that, where he burst into the penalty area with his pace and forced goalkeeper Ali Reza Beranvand to concede a penalty.” “The fault is on him.”

Cuper was not satisfied with the change, as he brought on striker Alaa El-Dali in place of the tired Khribin in the 87th minute. It was also a useful substitution, as he was able to force Tarmey into a foul on him, in one of his runs, which led to him receiving a second yellow card and being sent off from the match in the 91st minute.

But the Syrian national team did not take advantage of the numerical deficiency of the Iranian national team, and instead of continuously attacking the Iranian goal to settle the match with the second goal, it retreated and seemed as if its players were taking the match forward. Were increasing. On to the two additional parts.

Al-Khouli explains about this, “Cooper knows this and that he does not have the courage to take decisive decisions during the match and he does not know how to initiate the attack. Instead he tried to sharpen his players. Asked for.” His pressure on the Iranian players, who were psychologically affected and physically exhausted after the expulsion of their first star, began… “It's as if the Syrian national team is playing with 10 players and the second half Wants to pass the remaining time.” ,

He concluded, “Goalkeeper Ahmed Madaniyeh, the best player of the Syrian national team, gave a brilliant performance with his extraordinary saves against attacks, shots and shots from Taremi, Serdar Azmoun (Roma player), and Ali Reza Jahanbakhsh (Feyenoord) . Netherlands). But the national team has held our heads high and we have reputable players who can work with them and build a national team that competes consistently and qualifies for the 2026 World Cup.

The match numbers confirm what Al-Kholi said. The Iranian team had 20 shots against the Syrian team's goal, including 12 shots on goal between three goals, all of which were saved by a civilian, and even an own goal from a penalty kick. Was.

On the other hand, it was strange that the Iranian national team was suddenly and greatly affected by Taremi's expulsion, and although he is the team's star, the Iranian national team players are active in European leagues and are accustomed to these changes in matches. But they collapsed physically and started wasting time trying to reach the extra two halves.

Iranian football expert Karim Ebrahimi believes that “the expulsion shocked the Iranian team, especially since the player is the star of the team and an inspiration for the rest of the players, and that is why he has a great influence on the team and the qualifying matches. Fell.” Details and turns are played out, and the red card is the most important of them.

He believed that “Coach Amir Qalai Nouai's dismissal of Sardar Azmoun was a mistake, because after Taremi's expulsion, he should have kept another star in the team who could decide the match through individual skills or shots.” Is capable.”

But – on the other hand – he praised the Iranian coach, who “played realistically, returned to defence, and relied on counter-attacks to maintain the equaliser. He respected the Syrian team, which was able to decide the result, but I don't know why his players backed out.”

We leave the field, and the players console Taremi and dedicate the victory to him, especially Iranian goalkeeper Ali Reza Beranvand, who saved a penalty kick taken by Fahad Al-Yousef to give Iran a hard-fought victory over Syria. It was enough. The team whose players fought till the last breath in search of another historic achievement after qualifying for the eighth final of the continental championship for the first time in its history.

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