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Iran lose to Poland in biggest upset of the tournament

17 October 2016

The 2016 Kabaddi World Cup saw its biggest upset so far as heavyweights Iran suffered a shocker at the hands of Poland. In a match where Iran were widely expected to better their previous displays, they put up a forgettable performance instead, as the Polish ran out 41-25 winners. Poland captain Michal Spiczko did the star turn with a fine all-round display scoring 8 raid points and 4 tackle points.

Iran looked a pale shadow of their usual self as they looked flat throughout the match. Their defence wasn’t in its regular bullish mood as they weren’t able to keep a hold of the Polish raiders on a consistent basis. The European side looked determined but even they wouldn’t have imagined the result going in their favour. Spiczko was fantastic as he led from the front to emerge as the top scorer from either side in the match.

Piotr Pamulak has impressed with his raiding for Poland and so has Jan Baranowicz, who started from the bench. Pamulak set the tone by beginning with a few successful raids and he finished the game on 9 points. Baranowicz also caused problems to the Iranian defence with his power on his way to 8 raid points. Gholamabbas Korouki and Abozar Mighani were the top two scorers for Iran with 7 and 5 points respectively. As a result, Iran suffered the ignominy of getting all-out twice, something previously unheard of in the tournament. 

Also, for the first time, Iran failed to get all of their opponents out even once in a match. It was a stuttering performance by the Iranians but this could well help them avoid India in the semi-finals, provided Thailand get the better of Japan in the final league match of the tournament. Having said that, it would be fallacy on behalf of Iran to think that playing Republic of Korea is going to be any easier.

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