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2019 AFC Asian Cup


Iraq bounce back to defeat Vietnam

Ali Adnan scored a brilliant last minute free-kick to help Iraq earn a dramatic 3-2 victory over Vietnam in their 2019 AFC Asian Cup Group D opener.

Vietnam, champions of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018, were gifted the lead in the 24th minute thanks to an own goal by Ali Faez Atia.

Iraq found themselves back on level terms 11 minutes later through a composed finished by young forward Muhanad Ali but it was Vietnam who had the final say in the first half as Nguyen Cong Phuong’s scrappy goal gave his side a 2-1 lead in the 42nd minute.

The second half went in Iraq’s favour as Humam Tareq equalised on the hour mark following some poor defensive work from Vietnam and Ali Adnan capping things off with a sensational free-kick finish in the 90th minute.

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