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Old July 26, 2004, 08:39 AM
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Default Iraq dump Saudis out of Asian Cup with 2-1 win

CHENGDU, China, July 26 (Reuters) - Iraq knocked Saudi Arabia out of the Asian Cup with a well-deserved 2-1 win over the three-times champions on Monday.

Substitute Younis Mahmoud scored an 87th-minute winner as the Iraqis finished second behind Uzbekistan in Group C and advanced to the quarter-finals.

Iraq will play hosts China in Beijing on Friday while Uzbekistan face Group A runners-up Bahrain in Chengdu.

Saudi Arabia, coached by Dutchman Gerard van der Lem, were eliminated from the Asian Cup for the first time after reaching the last five finals.

Saudi-based midfielder Nashat Akram put Iraq in front with a clinical left-foot finish in the 51st minute of a bad-tempered encounter.

Defender Hamad Al Montashari gave Saudi Arabia a life-line six minutes later, arriving at the back post to head in a flick-on from Ibrahim Sowed.

Iraq came back at the Saudis, Mahmoud blasting a right-foot shot against the post from the edge of the box in the 72nd minute.

Four minutes later, Saudi substitute Talal Al Meshal blazed wide with the goal at his mercy.

Mahmoud punished that miss in the 87th minute, sliding the ball into an empty net after Saudi goalkeeper Mansour Al Naje had parried a shot from Qusay Munir.

Iraq finished on six points from three games after a 1-0 defeat by Uzbekistan and a 3-2 victory over Turkmenistan in their previous games.

Uzbekistan beat Turkmenistan 1-0 in a clash of former Soviet republics to finish with a perfect nine points.

Saudi Arabia finished bottom of the group with one point, below Turkmenistan on goals scored

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Old September 14, 2004, 02:50 AM
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Wow. It's really great.

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Old September 14, 2004, 06:45 AM
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So Iraq is back to claim top spot in middle east soccer. I think they might just surpass Iran and SA to make it to next WC. What do you think.
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Old September 14, 2004, 11:48 AM
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definitely they are back to reclaim their superiority in the middle east. they are on the right track. as we all seen in recent Olympic they almost made it to the final. the reason for their recent success lately is because they donít have to face odai hussein anymore. they are much spirited and passionate about their sports because they know that their country looks up to them.

as far as qualifying for the World Cup concern is possible, but long road ahead of them. they are still going through the group stages in round two ( position second to uzbekistan) and still one more round to go in which if they can qualify then they could be group along side with Japan, SA, Iran, Korea, China. From that picture it looks tough, but now they are well capable of beating any of these team. We will see what happens, but I hope to see them in deutschland.

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Old September 14, 2004, 12:24 PM
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hmm.......iraqis r reborning in soccer aftr us attack...............
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