16 Jan 2011

Wins for Iraq and Iran

12:16 pm on 16 January 2011

Reigning champions Iraq stunned the United Arab Emirates 1-0 at the Asian football Cup with an injury-time own goal to put them in a strong position to make the knockout rounds.

Three-times champions Iran became the first team at the championships to qualify for the quarter-finals after they defeated World Cup finalists North Korea 1-0 earlier in the day.

And Iraq put themselves in a strong position to join their great rivals after the unfortunate Walid Abbas turned the ball into his own goal in injury time.

In the last round of group games, on Thursday, UAE take on Iran and Iraq play North Korea.