Sunday, July 29, 2007

Lions of Mesopotamia

No matter how hawkish your views on Iraq might be, you'd have to admit that they've had a rough old time in the last three years. And you'd have to be a right curmudgeon not to be pleased at the news that they've beaten Saudi Arabia 1-0 to win the Asian Cup for the first time.

There's 5 minutes of final highlights here - and from that it looks to have been a richly deserved win (once the pop-up loaded, I had to click on 'play' half a dozen times before the connection kicked in). Younes looks a fine player, and there's a wonderful bit of skill by the no. 13 Karrar Jassim in the first half.

The victory was greeted with celebrations all over Iraq - the BBC have some rare footage of ecstatically happy Iraqis. Four killed by celebratory gunfire so far.

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