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Iraq beat Saudi Arabia to qualify for last 8 stage

DOHA: raq completed their turnaround at the AFC U23 Asian Cup with a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia to emerge the Group C winners on Monday.

A second consecutive win enabled Iraq to overcome an opening defeat to Thailand to finish top on six points with Saudi Arabia also advancing as the runners-up, after Thailand lost 1-0 to Tajikistan in the other game.

In a bid to secure a vital win, Iraq maintained their offensive momentum and were rewarded late in the first half with a penalty, expertly converted by Ali Jasim. Despite Saudi Arabia’s determined efforts, Iraq extended their lead in the second half through Mustafa Saadoon’s opportunistic goal.

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