Iran lost to Tahiti on penalty shootout and failed to book a place in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017, Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday.
The match got off to a very tentative start with both sides weighing each other’s tactics out. The first half witnessed few chances for both sides.
After the interval, Iranian Ali Nazem broke the deadlock with a close-range shot.
Neither side could find the decisive winner in the extra time. It took 12 attempts to decide the winner, and Tahiti defeated Iran 3-2 on penalties.
Iran will play Italy in the bronze medal match at National Beach Soccer Arena of Malcolm Park in Nassau, the Bahamas on Monday.