Iraq: Fans hopes dashed with early Asian Cup exit

Iraqi football fans in Baghdad were crushed as their national team lost 1-0 to Qatar in the last-16 of AFC Asian Cup on Tuesday. Fans watched the game at a big screen in central Baghdad. Bassam Al-Rawi's free-kick in the 62nd minute proved fateful, sending Qatar through to the quarter-finals at the expense of Iraq. «The performance of the team was beautiful, and the players did everything... Еще they could to win, and did what they have to do, but it is the success of God, and today it did not match the team,» said one fan. Qatar will face South Korea in the quarter-finals at Abu Dhabi's Zayed Sports City Stadium on January 25.

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