Morita’s Opener, Jahanbakhsh’s Finale: Iran’s Spectacular Win Over Japan!

The AFC Asian Cup 2024 quarter-final match between Japan and Iran, held at Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan, was a thrilling encounter that ended in a 2-1 victory for Iran.

Japan vs Iran
Japan vs Iran. Getty images

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Key Moments

In this thrilling quarter-final match at Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan, Japan faced off against Iran in the AFC Asian Cup 2024. The game showcased remarkable performances from key players, including Hidemasa Morita, who secured an early lead for Japan. However, the momentum shifted when Mohammad Mohebi of Iran equalized at just after half-time. With back to square one, both teams played great to put up a great show for the fans.


At the final moments, Alireza Jahanbakhsh of Iran scored a decisive penalty at 90:0 minutes to secure a 2-1 victory for Iran, marking their triumph over Japan and earning them a spot in the highly anticipated semi-final against Qatar.

Game Statistics

the game statistics vividly depict Iran’s dominance in crucial aspects of the match. With 60% ball possession compared to Japan’s 40%, Iran controlled the game strategically. Iran’s offensive game was evident in their total shots, registering 14 attempts compared to Japan’s 5 and the precision of Iran’s attacks is highlighted by the 4 shots on target, securing two crucial goals.

On the defensive front, Iran showcased resilience, with only 2 shots on target from Japan finding the back of the net.

Brief Timeline (Japan vs Iran)

  • 27:11 min: Hidemasa Morita of Japan scores an opening goal.
  • 54:9 min: Mohammad Mohebi of Iran levels the score with an equalizing goal.
  • 90:0 min: Alireza Jahanbakhsh of Iran secures victory with a penalty.

The quarter-final clash between Japan and Iran will be remembered as a riveting contest where each team fought valiantly, but Iran emerged victorious, earning a well-deserved spot in the semi-finals of the AFC Asian Cup 2024. Where they will be playing against Qatar.

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