The Maldives national football team lost one nil to Iran in Male’ tonight at the second leg of the World Cup Qualifying group stage.
After losing 4-0 in the first leg in Tehran, the Maldives needed to win by a higher margin to qualify for the second round.
Iranian striker Mohamed Reza scored the only goal of the game in first half added time.
Iran set a World Cup qualifying record when it beat the Maldives 17-0 in 1997. However when the two nations met again in World Cup qualifying in April 2000, the match in Male’ ended 3-0.
The Maldives has now failed to score against Iran in five senior international matches.