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Beach Soccer Tops Iran at World Cup

RIO DE JANIERO (Nov. 4, 2007) -- The U.S. Beach Soccer Team topped Iran, 7-6, in the second group match of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, keeping the USA's hopes of advancing alive.

In a game that saw multiple lead changes, the Americans jumped out to an early lead, scoring in the eighth and 10th minutes with goals from Joshua Nolz and Mario Chimienti. Iran answered back, however, with a goal in the 16th minute, and two Mohammed Ahmadzadeh goals just seconds apart in the 18th to put them up 3-2.

The U.S. answered back, scoring three straight goals of their own Benyam Astorga and Joshua Nolz both put one away in the 23rd minute. Iran cut the U.S. lead back to one with a goal in the 31st minute, but just four seconds later Chimienti notched his second of the match and Zak Ibsen sealed the victory for the U.S.

After dropping their first match to Spain, 2-4, the U.S. is currently in second place in Group B, with the top two teams in each group advancing to the quarterfinals. The squad will take on Portugal, who currently has two points, in the final Group B game on Nov. 6.

Group B Standings
Team W W+* L GF GA Pts.
Spain 2 0 0 12 6 6
USA 1 0 1 11 14 3
Portugal 0 1 1 5 7 2
Iran 0 0 2 9 10 0
*Win in Penalty Shootout (two points)