Iran stun Russia, Cameroon win in Macedonia

Iran stun Russia, Cameroon win in Macedonia

The hosts of the 2018 football World Cup Russia were stunned 1-0 by Iran in a friendly international played in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, while Cameroon managed a 1-0 victory against Macedonia, dpa reported.

In Abu Dhabi, Mohammad Reza Khalatbari scored the winner for Iran in the last minute of the game against the Russians, but was then promptly sent off for celebrating by taking off his shirt.

Russian coach Dick Advocaat told a press conference after the game that the game had been a good opportunity for his players for some match experience ahead of a Euro 2012 qualifier next month.

"Most of our players are only getting ready for their season and they train twice a day, therefore some of them looked really tired in the second half.

"I tried to do as many substitutions as I could at halftime but it didn't help much. Unfortunately, people in Russia will remember this match as one big disappointment."

In Skopje Andongcho Mbuta was an unlikely match-winner for the Indomitable Lions as his goal inflicted a first-ever defeat on Macedonia against African opposition.

The midfielder, who plays his club football for Crystal Palace Baltimore in the second division in the US, was playing his first game for Cameroon.

In Pula Croatia squandered a two-goal lead against the Czech Republic to allow the visitors back into the game, but two second- half goals from Nikola Kalinic and Ivo Ilicevic gave the Croats a 4-2 victory.

Latvia won 2-1 against Bolivia, while Gergely Rudolf and Tamas Hajnal scored the goals to give Hungary a 2-0 victory in Dubai against Azerbaijan.

Serbia beat Israel 2-0, while Turkey and South Korea played to a goalless draw in a re-match of the 2002 World Cup play-off for third place between the two countries.

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