Iran claimed top spot in Group C at the after a 3-0 victory over Costa Rica at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa today. Defeat for the central Americans sees them miss out on the knockout stages after earning just one point from three group games. The Asian side secured their 100 per cent record in the group with two first-half penalties. Captain Mohammad Ghobeishavi opened the scoring with his spot-kick on 25 minutes before Taha Sharaiati emulated his skipper with a penalty finish of his own four minutes later.
Iran cruised through the second half before adding a third goal just before the final whistle through substitute Mohammad Sardari.