Ten-man Iran beat Korea Republic 1-0 in its 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier to draw level with its opponent in Group A on seven points.
Masoud Sojaei was dismissed in the 56th minute for a second bookable offence, but Iran shrugged that off to score the only goal through Javad Nekounam with 14 minutes to go.
Iran and Korea Republic are level at the top, two points clear of Uzbekistan which was a 1-0 winner over Qatar, Sanjar Tursunov's 13th-minute goal enough for all three points.
Qatar and Lebanon have four points apiece in what now looks a very tight group.Oman beat
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The win moved Australia on to five points from its four matches so far, five points adrift of runaway leader Japan.
The Socceroos, who host three of their last four matches, sit in the second automatic qualification position.
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