Iraq wins its
first Asian Cup title
Iraq became the winner
of the 2007 Asian Cup, beating Saudi Arabia 1-0.
by Younis Mahmoud in the second half won Iraq its first Asian
Cup title. The Iraqi team won 1-0 over the Saudi Arabia on the
final of the 2007 Asian Cup in Jakarta on Sunday. The Saudi
Arabia team entered the final looking for a forth title, but the
will of the Iraqi footballers brought some happiness to the
war-torn country. The challenges which the Iraqi football team
had to undergo in order to compete for the Asian Cup were
enormous and only made the victory sweeter.
Before the final, the striker Younis
Mahmoud said: "We know that by winning, we can make the Iraqi
Thousands of people celebrated on Sunday in
the streets of Bagdad, despite of warnings by the authorities
against large crowds. During the semi-final some 50 people were
killed in a bomb attack in Bagdad. In order to prevent a repeat
bloodshed, the use of vehicles in Bagdad was banned until 6:00
am local time on Monday.
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The Iraq's road to the title started in
Group A with Australia, Thailand and Oman. One win and two draws
gave Iraq the lead in the group with 5 points. In the
quarter-finals Iraq won 2-0 against Vietnam and on the
semi-final the Iraqi beat the third-placed Korea Republic 4-3 by
penalty shots, after 0-0 during regular time. Younis Mahmoud
tied for top goalscorer of the 2007 Asian Cup with 4 goals.
Published on 07/29/2007