Monday, July 16, 2007

Iraq's 0-0 draw with Oman takes them to knockouts

Iraq has reached the AFC Asian Cup quarter-finals for the fourth straight championship. Younes Mahmoud and his side went into Monday's match with Oman knowing a point would be enough to send them into the next stage. And although they struggled at times, the Iraqi team held on for a 0-0 draw to secure top place in Group A and a 'home' quarterfinal against Vietnam in Bangkok. "We've worked very hard even if we didn't play very well today," said coach Jorvan Vieira, who only linked with the team two months before the Asian Cup. "We just did enough to qualify."

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