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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Beating "the king of penalty kicks"

Iraqi goalkeeper Noor Sabri Abbas celebrates his amazing save.

Apparently, South Korea's goalkeeper has been dubbed "the king of penalty kicks," but that was not the case today.

Iraq have reached the final, and they did it with style. I haven't watched the game yet, but I have it recorded. From everything I've read so far, despite the initial 0-0 score, it was a tense game up until the fourth penalty kick scored by Iraq. That was when "the king of penalty kicks" lost his throne.

South Korea went out with a 4-3 score, after penalty kicks.

The man of the match for the tense game was Iraqi goalkeeper Noor Sabri Abbas (pictured above).

This is a very exciting day for all Iraqis, who were given the gift of victory by their team and their brilliant Brazilian coach, Jorvan Vieira. The streets of Baghdad and pretty much every city in Iraq are filled with shiny, happy people jubilating and celebrating Iraq's success at the Asian Cup. The final game will be June 29 and Iraq will play Saudi Arabia, who beat Japan today as well with 3-2.


Coach Vieira getting ready for a press conference.

I will be posting a video on my blog of the highlights from the game as soon as I come across one on YouTube. In the meantime, you can view the highlights at this link through the official AFC website: http://www.afcasiancup.com/en/fanzone/hilights.asp

GO IRAQ!!!!!

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