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Soccer: Iran defeats Iraq 2-1 in WAFF semifinal

Tehran, June 23, IRNA -- Iran here Wednesday defeated Iraq 2-1 in the semifinal of the third West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) Championship.

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Midfielder Javad Nekounam put Iran ahead in the fifth minute as he unleashed a powerful shot past the Iraqi keeper Saad Nasser Jameel.

Iraq scored the equalizer on 34 minutes when Ahmed Mianjid Abbas's drive from behind the area kissed Seyed Mehdi Rahmati's net.

photo: ISNA

Nekounam played his role again nine minutes into the second half. The midfielder curled a superb pass for the unmarked striker Arash Borhani, who grabbed the winner with an angled header.

photo: ISNA

Prior to Iran-Iraq game in Azadi stadium in western Tehran, the young Syrian side managed to overcome Jordan on penalties 4-3.

Syria held the Jordanian team to a 1-1 tie in the normal time.

According to program, Jordan and Iraq play for the third title and Iran entertains Syria in final Friday.

Iran hammered the Syrians 7-1 Monday.

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