BRISBANE, June 1 (Reuters) - Harry Kewell scored just after
halftime to give Australia a 1-0 win over Iraq in their 2010
World Cup qualifier in Brisbane on Sunday.
The former Liverpool player was in outstanding form and was
at the heart of most of the Socceroos' goal-scoring chances
until being replaced with 13 minutes to go.
Both sides missed a string of opportunities in the first
half, but Kewell made no mistake two minutes into the second
when he headed a pinpoint Brett Emerton cross past Iraqi
goalkeeper Noor Sabri.
Australia dominated possession but had to withstand a
storming finish from Iraq, who had three clear chances in the
The win moved Australia to seven points in their qualifying
group. Second-placed Qatar (three points) play third-placed
China (two points) on Monday.
Iraq, the reigning Asia Cup champions, remain rooted to the
bottom of the table with their dream of qualifying for South
Africa in 2010 all but over.