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Iraqi Football Team Qualifies for Olympics, Iran is out

VOA Sports = 12 May 2004

Celebrations erupted across Baghdad after Iraq clinched the third and final qualifying spot for the 2004 Olympic soccer (football) tournament by beating Saudi Arabia 3-1 in Amman, Jordan.

Iraq won Group-C of the Asian qualifying tournament on goal difference Wednesday, after Oman was held to a scoreless (0-0) draw by Kuwait. Iraq, which was just reinstated by the International Olympic Committee in February, joined Japan and South Korea in the tournament for under-age-23 teams at the games in Athens. Both Iraq and Oman finished the group with nine points, followed by Kuwait with eight and Saudi Arabia with six.

Celebratory gunfire erupted in central Baghdad after the match and tracers zoomed across the night sky.

Earlier in Seoul, South Korea, Kim Do-heon scored the only goal of the Group-A match as the hosts downed Iran 1-0. The Koreans ended qualifying with 18 points from a perfect 6-0 record. Iran finished second in the group with nine points. China and Malaysia were also in the group and did not qualify for the Athens Olympics in men's football.

... Payvand News - 5/13/04 ... --

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