TEHRAN, March 24 (Xinhua) -- Iran beat Qatar 1-0 on Thursday in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
The Iranian outfit notched up the win in a Group A fixture at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in the Qatari capital city of Doha.
Both teams went through ups and downs in their attempts to open the scoring, but were not able to produce a goal in the first half.
Iran eventually took the lead in the 52nd minute, when Karim Ansarifard' s through ball found Mehdi Taremi in space. The 24-year-old made no mistake and netted the winner.
Iran will take on China at Tehran' s Azadi Stadium at 4:30 p.m. local time (1230 GMT) on March 28.
The winner and runner-up of each group (four teams in total) will qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, while the third-placed teams of each group (two teams in total) will head to the play-off round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
The winner of the Asian play-off round will then face twice the fourth-placed squad in the fifth round of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football qualifying games.