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Iraq wins Asian Cup, defeats Saudi Arabia 1-0 in the final

Andre♥
07-29-2007, 03:10 PM
:worship: :worship: :worship:

Winning a continental soccer competition while your country is in war is just :worship:

Big lesson for the prima donnas of sport!

Action Jackson
07-29-2007, 04:05 PM
:worship:

Sure, it's not the World Cup or anything like that in the standard, but this is a great achievement and has done something the politicians haven't been able to do.

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/2A458646-1111-4345-A9F1-993796D43E39.htm


Iraq win Asian Cup


http://english.aljazeera.net/mritems/images/2007/7/29/1_225312_1_5.jpg
Younis Mahmoud's header was the winning goal [AFP]


Captain Younis Mahmoud's thumping headed goal crowned Iraq as the 2007 Asian Cup champions for the first time with a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia in the final here Sunday.

Mahmoud rammed home the 71st-minute header off a Hawar Mohammed corner for the only goal in the fiercely-contested all-Arab final in a seething Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.

Iraq blunted the resistance of the Saudis, who could not counter the determination and steel of their rivals in the crackling decider to the three-week continental tournament.

Thousands of Iraqis, including members of the security forces, defied a strict government ceasefire order to welcome their football squad's Asian Cup victory on Sunday with a barrage of gunfire.

Baghdad security authorities had imposed an overnight vehicle curfew in order to prevent insurgent car bomb attacks and ordered police to arrest anyone who took part in the traditional celebratory gunfire.

Defied unity

Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel-Hamid was in the northern Iraqi Kurdish region in Irbil, said: "The scenes are incredible. I have been in Iraq for more than 11 years, and I have never seen anything like this.

"Traffic is everywhere. It's extremely meaningful here. I spoke to a young boy this morning who said "if only our prime minister would learn from the team."

Mahmoud's goal came after concerted Iraqi pressure when Hawar's corner directed at the far post went beyond goalkeeper Yaser Al Mosailem and onto the striker's head for a terrific header.

Iraq, who have captivated the football world with their inspirational progress at the tournament, finished conceding just two goals in their six games and put a spanner in the free-flowing Saudis, who were the leading scorers with 12 goals.

It was a triumph for Iraq's Brazilian coach, Jorvan Vieira, 54, who only signed a two-month contract with the Iraqi Football Federation and said Saturday he intended to quit the job after accomplishing what he had set out to achieve.

Australian referee Mark Shield issued five yellow cards - three to Iraq and two to the Saudis - as tackles flew in during the furiously paced match.

The Iraqi defence handled the twin Saudi threat of Malek Maaz and Yasser Al Qahtani capably with left-back Bassim Abbas having a particularly solid game with his trademark acrobatic overhead clearances.

There was plenty of off-the-ball incidents with defender Ali Hussein Rehema going down clutching his face in the penalty area awaiting a free kick with the referee speaking to Al Qahtani but not taking the matter further.

Iraq, who had the better chances in the fiercely-contested exchanges, went close in the 28th minute when Karrar Jassim wriggled past two defenders and forced goalkeeper Yaser Al Mosailem to punch clear.

Al Qahtani had his only chance of the half when he made some space nearing half-time but blazed his shot well over the bar.

Iraq goalkeeper Noor Sabri made a flying save to prevent a screaming volley from Taiseer Al Jassam going in and the action switched to the other end where Al Mosailem made a double save to stop Mahmoud and then Hawar Mohammed from scoring.

El Legenda
07-29-2007, 04:08 PM
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=107043 :D

Action Jackson
07-29-2007, 04:10 PM
Merge please.

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=107043

rocketassist
07-29-2007, 04:32 PM
Excellent stuff, Iraq have a good team now. I remember Saddam having the team beaten in prison when they didn't make World Cups previously, so it's great to see the team doing so well now.

Hope they can qualify for South Africa 2010 and I don't agree with Australia playing in the Asia section.

ReturnWinner
07-29-2007, 05:21 PM
awesome :devil: :)

Jim Jones
07-29-2007, 06:10 PM
Excellent stuff, Iraq have a good team now. I remember Saddam having the team beaten in prison when they didn't make World Cups previously, so it's great to see the team doing so well now.

Hope they can qualify for South Africa 2010 and I don't agree with Australia playing in the Asia section.

Then where should Australia play? They used to play in Latin America after always qualifying for Oceania. Now they play in Asia which they are closer to.

Snowwy
07-29-2007, 06:12 PM
Thats wonderful :)

JBdV
07-29-2007, 06:25 PM
Great that the people there will have a moment of joy to take their mind off things at least for a while :yeah:

Stevens Point
07-29-2007, 07:22 PM
Congrats! :worship:

Japan.. :sad:

Stevens Point
07-29-2007, 07:24 PM
So, Iraq is playing in the next Confederations Cup? I can't wait to see them play against the other continental champions!

rocketassist
07-29-2007, 10:06 PM
Then where should Australia play? They used to play in Latin America after always qualifying for Oceania. Now they play in Asia which they are closer to.

Oceania is fine. They didn't need to leave.

Lee
07-29-2007, 10:51 PM
Great for the people there.

LoveFifteen
07-30-2007, 04:06 AM
That's wonderful! :D

Kolya
07-30-2007, 08:45 AM
Iraq has a very good team.

Better than those cocky Socceroos.

my0118
07-30-2007, 09:12 AM
Vamos Iraq!

baghdatis
07-30-2007, 09:41 AM
Last night here in Melbourne, it was crazy from midnight! On Sydney road in Brunswick all the Iraqis were partying outside all of the Kebab shops! I could here them from my room and couldn't sleep! the police even closed off parts of the street :lol:

jitterbug
07-30-2007, 10:09 AM
Last night here in Melbourne, it was crazy from midnight! On Sydney road in Brunswick all the Iraqis were partying outside all of the Kebab shops! I could here them from my room and couldn't sleep! the police even closed off parts of the street :lol:

They don't have a lot of things to cheer about :)

Action Jackson
07-30-2007, 01:15 PM
Last night here in Melbourne, it was crazy from midnight! On Sydney road in Brunswick all the Iraqis were partying outside all of the Kebab shops! I could here them from my room and couldn't sleep! the police even closed off parts of the street :lol:

They should be still celebrating, it's a huge achievement for them.

Jim Jones
07-30-2007, 06:25 PM
Oceania is fine. They didn't need to leave.

Australia did not qualify just by winning Oceania which they did all the time. They still needed to play best losing team of Latin America. What do you prefer, for them to play in Latin America or in Asia which is closer to home.

rocketassist
07-30-2007, 06:26 PM
Australia did not qualify just by winning Oceania which they did all the time. They still needed to play best losing team of Latin America. What do you prefer, for them to play in Latin America or in Asia which is closer to home.

Only one game over two legs. Not like they have to go to South America every away game!

bad gambler
07-31-2007, 05:08 AM
Very good result