Iraqi Soccer Team Wins Silver at the Asian Games

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On a fluke play in Qatar today, Iraq lost the Gold Medal in soccer at the Asian Games.  Despite the defeat, the team's unexpected success had the surprising impact of unifying Iraq, if only for a single moment. The only Arab team ever to win the Gold Medal in soccer at the Asian Games, back in 1982, in today's championship match with host country Qatar, the Iraqi goalie hit back a shot which struck the side of a Qatar player's head and bounced into the net for a 1-to-0 victory.  How did the defeat go down in Baghdad?




Warren Olney