View Full Version : West Asian Derby: Iran vs Saudi

03-27-2009, 03:52 PM
Iran vs Saudi Arabia at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran
Number of matches - 12
Iran won - 4
Saudi Arabia won - 3
Draws - 5
Goals by Iran - 18
Goals by Saudi Arabia - 11

The number of draws between the two teams - five out of 12 played - gives an idea of how evenly matched the two sides have been over the years and the storied nature of their rivalry.

Iran hold a slight edge, having won four encounters as compared to three by the ‘Sons of the Desert’, in what is popularly know in the Gulf region as the ‘West Asian Derby’.

Team Melli posted their first win over the Saudis in 1977 en route to their maiden appearance in the FIFA World Cup Finals the following year. The two met again in 1984 in the AFC Asian Cup semi-finals and Saudi Arabia gained revenge.

The Saudis won again in 1988, ousting Iran in the AFC Asian Cup semi-finals, and since then their rivalry has only acquired an acute edge with each passing game.

The opening leg in the final phase was a 1-1 draw in Riyadh and a good result in this match is of crucial significance for both teams to keep alive hopes of an automatic place in the Finals.