Iran defender Rahman Rezaei has downplayed his side’s position as Group C favourites at the AFC Asian Cup 2007, but still insists that this year’s team is stronger than the one that finished third three years ago.
Qatar earned a share of the spoils with defending champions Japan when Sebastian Quintana scored with just two minutes remaining to hand the Asian Games gold medallists a 1-1 draw at My Dinh Stadium on Monday evening
Oman were denied the first shock of the AFC Asian Cup 2007 when substitute Tim Cahill scored an injury-time equaliser as pre-tournament favourites Australia drew 1-1 with the Gulf Sultanate at the Rajamangala Stadium on Sunday.
Vietnam opened their AFC Asian Cup campaign with a thrilling 2-0 victory over the United Arab Emirates as second half goals from Huynh Quang Thanh and Le Cong Vinh ensured a surprise triumph over the Gulf Cup champions on Sunday.
Co-hosts Thailand and Athens Olympic Games semi-finalists Iraq shared the points when they played out a 1-1 draw in the opening game of the AFC Asian Cup 2007 at Rajamangala Stadium on Saturday evening.