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Iraq cruise past Yemen to secure knockout berth

Iraq won their first two Asian Cup games for the first time ever as they put three past Yemen to secure a place in the Round of 16.

Mohanad Ali gave the Lions a lead with a fantastic solo goal, running across the box weaving past defenders before blasting the ball home. Bashar Rasan made it two a few minutes later with a deflected shot, while Alaa Abbas netted Iraq's third in stoppage time after good work from Mohammed Dawood and Ahmed Yasin.

Iraq are currently second in Group D, and will face rivals Iran in the last group game. A win for the 2007 champions would put them top of the group and earn a more favourable draw for the knockout rounds.

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Katanec names final 23-man Asian Cup squad

Iraq manager Srečko Katanec has announced the final 23-man squad for the Asian Cup. Midfielders Saad Abdul-Amir and Brwa Nouri have both been overlooked, with the latter announcing his retirement from international football after the squad was revealed. Experienced striker Mohanad Abdul-Raheem has also been omitted in favour of Al-Zawraa teammate Alaa Abbas who has one Iraq cap to his name.

GK: Jalal Hassan, Mohammed Gassid, Mohammed Hameed
DF: Waleed Salem, Alaa Mhawi, Ahmed Ibrahim, Ali Faez, Rebin Sulaka, Saad Natiq, Ali Adnan, Frans Dhia Putros
MF: Humam Tariq, Ahmed Yasin, Safaa Hadi, Bashar Rasan, Osama Rashid, Amjad Attwan, Hussein Ali, Ali Husni
FW: Mohanad Ali, Mohammed Dawood, Ayman Hussein, Alaa Abbas

Justin Meram to miss Asian Cup through injury

Iraq forward Justin Meram has announced that he will not be able to compete at the upcoming Asian Cup after suffering a long-term injury. The MLS star joins defender Mustafa Nadhim and full-back Dhurgham Ismail on the Lions of Mesopotamia's injury list and his absence will be a big blow to their chances of success in January.

Iraqi clubs return to Asia's premier competition

Al-Zawraa are set to become the first Iraqi club to compete in the group stage of the AFC Champions League since 2008 as the AFC announced that Iraq's two continental representatives have passed the competition's licensing criteria. AFC Cup holders Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya can also reach the group stage if they overcome Pakhtakor and Al-Nasr in the qualifying rounds.

Iran vs. Iraq
2019 AFC Asian Cup Group D
Venue: Dubai, UAE
16 January 2019
16:00 GMT

TBD vs. Iraq
2019 AFC Asian Cup Round of 16
Venue: TBD

Date: TBD
Time: TBD

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Last Updated On 12/01/2019 At 16:58 GMT