Iraq beat New Zealand 4-0 in their World Cup preliminary group soccer match in Sydney, Australia, on 24 March (Saturday).
Iraq beat New Zealand 4-0 in their World Cup preliminary group soccer match in Sydney, Australia, on 24 March (Saturday). Iraq had led 3-0 at halftime.
The Iraqis, who kicked off, played a spirited game, and the New Zealanders had no answer to their skilful attacks. Sabah Hatam scored three goals.
The win puts Iraq second in the qualifying group standings, with 8 points. Australia tops the standings with 9 points. Indonesia is placed third and New Zealand fourth.
SYNOPSIS: Iraq kicked off at the start of their World Spacer Cup preliminary group match against New Zealand in Sydney, Australia. Iraq is playing from left to right. There was a big crowd for the important tournament.
Iraq went on the offensive early in the game. Their players maintained a continuous stream of attacks on the New Zealand goal. This Iraqi attack, early in the game, was deflected by the New Zealanders. The result was a corner awarded to New Zealand.
However, the spirited Iraqi attack was not to be daunted. Sabah Hatam, Riad Nuri, Bashar Rashid and Ali Kaum kept up the pressure on the New Zealand defenders, who were battling to stave off the first goal of the match. But New Zealand had no answer to the Iraqis skilful tactics, and Iraq soon opened the scoring.
From then on there was no stopping the Iraqis. Sabah Hatam was a regular visitor at the New Zealand goalmouth, slamming home three goals for Iraq during the course of the game. At halftime, Iraq was leading 3-0. New Zealand fared no better in the second half. They still failed to score and Iraq increased their lead with another goal. The final score was 4-0 to Iraq.
The win puts Iraq second in the qualifying group standings, with 8 points. Australia is leading with 9 points.