Iraq stun Qatar in extra time

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Iraq came from a goal down to defeat hosts Qatar 2-1 after extra time in the third place playoff at the AFC U23 Championship on Friday in Doha.

Ahmed Alaa would open the scoring for the hosts in the 27th minute. Alaa was put into space by Akram Afif before guiding the ball home with his right foot.

Qatar would remain on top with Moez Ali and Ahmed Yasser combining well towards the end of the opening stanza, nearly netting another.

With the clock running down in the second half, Qatar looked certain of going through but Iraq’s Muhanad Abdulraheem had other ideas, heading home the equaliser in the 86th minute.

Both teams looked cagey in extra time until substitute Aymen Hussein rose above the Qatari defence to put Aliu Hisny’s cross into the back of the net.

Iraq would hold onto their lead until the final whistle, cueing massive celebrations from the Iraqi bench.

The win sees Iraq secure a place at the Rio Olympic Games – the third and final Asian team to do so.

The other two teams, South Korea and Japan, will feature in the AFC U23 Championship final on Saturday.

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