The 17th Asian Youth Soccer tournament, held this year in Kuwait, ended in complete deadlock on Sunday (April 20).
GV Kuwait and Korean teams onto pitch, Kuwait in white stripe PAN TO CROWD
GTV Kuwait attacking playing right to left
GV Kuwait attack and Koreans clear upfield, midfield play
GTV Iran in dark shirts playing left to right attacking in game with Iran, ball is kicked out of play
SV Iraq take free kick, ball goes out of play
GV Iraq attacking
SV Cheering crowds at end of match after extra time
SV Minister presents cup to captain of Iran team who holds it aloft, while Iraq captain waits behind
SV PAN From crowds to both captains holding trophy
SV Cheering crowds captains running across field holding cup
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Background: The 17th Asian Youth Soccer tournament, held this year in Kuwait, ended in complete deadlock on Sunday (April 20).
In the final, Iran and Iraq -- despite plenty of fast, attacking football -- ended full time without having been able to produce a goal between them.
So the game went into extra time. When this, too, turned out to be a goalless stalemate, Kuwait Social Affairs Minister Sheikh Salem Sabah Al-Salem was obliged to present the trophy to the captains of both teams then paraded it across the pitch to cheers of 25,000 people.
As curtain raiser to the final, Kuwait and North Korea battled it out in the play-off for third place. Here there were plenty of goals -- but continuing deadlock. The game ended in a 2-2 draw.