Jahanbakhsh scores as Iran reach Asian Cup quarter-finals

Alireza Jahanbakhsh. Picture by PW Sporting PhotographyAlireza Jahanbakhsh. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Alireza Jahanbakhsh. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Brighton & Hove Albion winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh was on the scoresheet for Iran as they beat Oman 2-0 to reach the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup this evening.

Jahanbakhsh scored the opening goal on 32 minutes, before Ashkan Dejagah got the second nine minutes later. They will now meet China in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

The 25-year-old returned from a ten-week injury lay-off last week in Iran's final group game against Iraq.

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Jahanbakhsh was Albion's club record signing when he signed from Dutch club AZ Alkmaar for a reported £17m fee last summer.

He has made 11 appearances this season but has not played for the Seagulls since the 3-1 defeat away to Everton at the beginning of November when he limped off with a hamstring injury late on.

If Iran get all the way to the final, Jahanbakhsh will miss Brighton's next three matches, against West Brom, Fulham and Watford.

Jahanbakhsh's Brighton team-mate Mathew Ryan will be in last 16 action with Australia tomorrow when the Socceroos play Uzbekistan.


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