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Like Messi? Sardar Azmoun scores hat trick in Iran's 14-0 win vs. Cambodia

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Sardar Azmoun scored a trio of goals in Iran's lopsided win.

Iran inflicted a record-breaking 14-0 thrashing on Cambodia on Thursday, making it a night to remember for female fans allowed into Azadi Stadium for a World Cup qualifying match for the first time since the Islamic Revolution.

Striker Karim Ansarifard scored four goals and Sardar Azmoun hit a hat trick as the Iranians handed Cambodia their heaviest-ever defeat.

The win came as 3,500 female fans were permitted to buy tickets for the match, the first time women have been allowed into the stadium...

Iran women attend football match for first time in 40 years

Iranian women cheer ahead of the World Cup Qatar 2022 Group C qualification football match between Iran and Cambodia
Women cheer on the Iranian national team against Cambodia.

Iranian women entered the country's national stadium in Tehran on Thursday after being able to purchase tickets for a national team game for the first time in 40 years.

Women had been banned from watching men's games since shortly after the 1979 Islamic revolution, with only a few exceptions made for small groups on rare occasions.

But under pressure from world governing body FIFA and women's rights campaigners, Iranian authorities earmarked around 3,000 tickets for women to attend Thursday's 14-0...

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Socceroos coach Graham Arnold says he is not responsible for the actions of four Australian under-23 players who are being investigated by the FFA following an incident in Cambodia earlier this year that happened under his watch.

The Olyroos were in Phnom Penh at the end of March playing in a qualifying tournament for next year's Olympics and a complaint was made against the players regarding the final night of their trip.

"Sometimes people take their own responsibility," said Arnold, when asked...

Asia's 2022 World Cup qualifiers drawn despite FIFA not knowing how many teams will play

The draw for the first phase of Asia's qualifying round for the 2022 World Cup finals featuring the continent's lowest-ranked nations was made on Wednesday, even though FIFA has yet to decide how many teams will participate in the tournament.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino continues to promote his plan to expand the tournament from 32 to 48 teams and potentially share the hosting duties originally awarded to Qatar with other nations in the Middle East.

Oman and Kuwait have been approached as potential...

Myanmar hold Vietnam to a draw, both on track for AFF Cup semifinals

Vietnam's forward Nguyen Van Toan (C) fights for the ball with Myanmar's midfielder Ye Ko Oo.
Vietnam's forward Nguyen Van Toan (C) fights for the ball with Myanmar's midfielder Ye Ko Oo.

Pre-tournament favourites Vietnam were held to a 0-0 draw by Myanmar on Tuesday as the duo remained locked in the top two positions in group A of the AFF Suzuki Cup.

Both teams went into the meeting with two wins, and the draw lifts them to seven points apiece from three games, a point above third-placed Malaysia with one round of group games remaining.

The top two teams in the tournament's two groups advance to next month's semifinals. A win for Myanmar over Malaysia in their next match, on Nov....