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Sunday, May 3, 1998 Published at 15:46 GMT 16:46 UK

Results and Reports
Iran scrape past Jamaica

Iran 1 Jamaica 0 (April 22)

Iran earned a much-needed 1-0 victory over Jamaica in their World Cup warm-up friendly international.

Mohammed Khakpour scored the only goal, a 54th minute penalty.

Iran had come in for heavy criticism after an earlier 2-0 defeat by Hungary and looked a much tighter, disciplined unit against World Cup debutants Jamaica.

The Iranians were always in control despite being without their three Bundesliga players Karim Bagheri, Ali Daei and Khodadad Azizi.

After a quiet opening, Jamaica keeper Warren Barret made a fine save from Dinmohammadis' powerful 25-metre shot in the 15th minute.

Barret was called on again on the half-hour, acrobatically tipping over a header from Mehrdad Minavand. He made another good stop on the stroke of half-time to keep out a 30-meter rocket from the impressive Khakpour.

Mohammed Khakpour scoring the 54th minute penalty.
Iran deservedly took the lead nine minutes after the break when Linval Brown brought down Dinmohammadi and Khakpour coolly converted the spot kick.

Jamaica fielded four England-based players - Marcus Gayle, Danny Maddix, Paul Hall and Fitzroy Simpson - but despite Simpson's constant prompting they failed to create any clear chances.

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