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Iranian player came inches from spectacular corner flag finish.

Paralympic footballer nearly scores directly from a corner

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7-a-side football at this year's Paralympics has proven to be a bit of a hit with the fans.

So, as expected, Brazil being 3-0 down to Iran would not have pleased the home support. However, it could have become 4-0 with one of the most outlandish finishes in football history.

When Iran were 3-0 up late into the second half, one of their players remarkably struck the post, after trying to score directly from a corner. 

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This was no conventional attempt at scoring from the corner, however. Usually, the player uses the opposite foot to what side of the pitch he is on to bend it into the near or far corner. 

However, the Iranian took the corner from the right side of the pitch, and attempted to curve the ball in with the outside of his right foot, with the shot thundering against the upright. 

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Unsurprisingly, he caught the Brazilian goalkeeper completely off guard, as he was not expecting a direct attempt at goal, especially considering a defender was marking the front post.

Despite the defender being there, he was unable to intercept the ball, but luckily for him and his goalkeeper, the post kept the ball at bay.

You can watch the cheeky attempt in the video below.

Victory for Iran has taken them to the gold medal match later this evening against Ukraine, whereas host nation Brazil will meet the Netherlands in the bronze medal match, also taking place this afternoon in Rio.

7-a-side is one of two footballing events at the Paralympics, with 5-a-side blind football also being played throughout the event.

The blind football has been dominating most of the football headlines out in Rio this summer after Behzad Zadaliasghar scored a goal that even Lionel Messi would be proud of.

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