Lebanon's defender Walid Ismail (L) challenges Iran's forward Mohammad Reza Khalatbari
Lebanon's defender Walid Ismail (L) challenges Iran's forward Mohammad Reza Khalatbari during their 2014 World Cup Asian zone group A qualifying football match at Sports City Stadium in Beirut. Lebanon won 1-0. © Anwar Amro - AFP
Lebanon's defender Walid Ismail (L) challenges Iran's forward Mohammad Reza Khalatbari
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Last updated: September 11, 2012

Lebanon stun Iran in World Cup qualifier

Lebanon stunned Iran 1-0 Tuesday to claim their first ever win against the regional giants and raise hopes of gaining a shock World Cup berth.

China-based midfielder Roda Antar headed home a free-kick on 28 minutes for Lebanon's famous victory, in front of their home fans in Beirut, which lifted them off the bottom of Group A.

After four of their eight games, outsiders Lebanon are level on four points with Iran and Qatar, and just three behind South Korea -- although the Iranians and Koreans have a game in hand.

While Iran's bid to reach a fourth World Cup was dealt a blow by Shandong Luneng's Antar, South Korea's progress was checked in a 2-2 draw with Uzbekistan earlier in Tashkent.

In the final round of Asian qualifying, the top two teams in two groups of five win places at Brazil 2014, while the third-placed sides go into a play-off series.

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