Iraq and host Qatar will compete in the men's soccer final after
defeating South Korea and Iran respectively at the Doha Asian Games
At Al-Gharrafa Stadium, Iraq beat South Korea 1-0.
South Korea gained the upper hand at the beginning and forward
Jung Jo Gook came close to scoring in the 15th minute with a
powerful shot inside the box.
But the Iraqi side demonstrated high efficiency in
counterattacks. Iraq's midfielder Mujbel Samer headed home in
24thminute with a timely follow-up after captain Khalef Younes'
shot was denied on the line by a South Korean defender.
It turned out to be the sole goal of the match.
Qatar beat Iran 2-0 at Al-Sadd Football Stadium which was filled
with thousands of Qatari fans.
Qatari strikers Abdularhman Hussain Yaser and Quintana Sebastian
used their speed to break Iranian defense time and again.
The first goal came in 28th minute when Sebastian advanced near
the right corner of box and powered the ball into left lower corner
with a long shot.
Yaser sealed the victory in 74th minute when his powerful shot
hit an Iranian defender and deflected into the net.
The final will take place on Dec. 15.
(Xinhua News Agency December 13, 2006)