Iraq upset China 2-1 in Asian Cup qualifier

March 1, 2006
By Alastair Himmer
TOKYO, March 1 (Reuters) - Iraq upset China 2-1 in neutral United Arab Emirates on Wednesday to throw their 2007 Asian Cup qualifying group wide open.

Bassim Abbas's 67th-minute free kick settled the Group E clash in Al Ain and helped ease the pain of last week's shock 2-0 defeat in Singapore.

China's coach Zhu Guanghu had promised before the match that there was "no way" his side could lose, but Mahdi Karim gave Iraq the lead after 15 minutes.

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