Iran will enter the FIFA World Cup in good spirits after a 2-0 friendly win over Trinidad and Tobago in Sao Paulo on Sunday.
Carlos Queiroz’s men picked an ideal time to end a four-match winless streak as goals from Ehsan Haji Safi and Reza Ghoochannejad gave them victory.
Iran were held to goalless draws against Belarus and Iran last month before a 1-1 draw with Angola.
But they returned to winning ways thanks to an impressive performance that will give them hope ahead of their World Cup opener against Nigeria a week on Monday.
Iran started brightly and although Lester Peltier dragged a shot just wide at the other end, captain Javad Nekounam was a constant threat for the victors.
Nekounam first headed just wide in the 26th minute and – after a clash between Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Jan Michael Williams and Iran’s Ashkan Dejagah that saw both players require treatment – he went close again.