Iran earned a place at the Tokyo 2020 with a 3-2 victory over Thailand at the Blind Football Asian Championships in Pattaya ©YouTube

Iran overcame hosts Thailand in a closely fought match to reach the final of the Blind Football Asian Championships and qualify for next year's Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

The semi-finals were crucial at the International Blind Sports Federation tournament, with Paralympic qualification assured for the two winners.

Rio 2016 Paralympic silver medallists Iran were the favourites heading into their semi-final against Thailand at the Pattaya Youth Center.

Iran had looked on course for a straightforward victory when they took a 2-0 lead.

Both teams traded goals in the closing minutes to the first half to leave Iran with a 3-1 advantage.

Thailand threatened in the second half with the hosts pulling a goal back but Iran held on to celebrate a 3-2 win.

China faced Japan in the second semi-final ©YouTube
China faced Japan in the second semi-final ©YouTube

Reigning Asian champions China joined Iran in the final and the Paralympic Games.

They played out a 2-2 draw with Japan in normal time in the second semi-final.

Despite missing their first effort, China would emerge as winners of a penalty shoot-out to progress.

The seventh placed playoff also took place today, with tournament debutants Oman facing South Korea.

South Korean won 1-0 on penalties following a goalless draw.