BY Amjad Baker
Iraq's national soccer team conquered the Lebanese with a 2-1 defeat Tuesday, at the Sports City in Amman during the preliminary round of the second Group for the first King Hussein Cup Championship, WAFF.
Compared to the earlier opening match between Jordan and Kyrgyzstan, which ended 2-0 in favor of home, Iraq-Lebanon match had a higher performance and tactics.
Starting from the first kick off, both parties pushed forward to dominate the field, searching for the early leading goal, which came in the 15th minute, giving Lebanon the early lead after a number of scoreless attacks were led by both sides.
Surprisingly, Zein did well in cracking down the massed Iraqi defense line, tackling the first and second defender to end his individual attack with a slamming kick.
The Iraqi men doubled their potential attacks, seeking a tie before the first half ends. A minute later, Ahmad Kazim missed a golden chance to equalize the leading opponent, when his header went few centimeters over the cross bar.
Iraq's scoreless scenario continued until the 63rd minute, when one of the Lebanese defenders inside the 18-yard zone illegally stopped Kazim's attack.
Iraq's midfielder Abbas Ebaid tied the opponents in the 63rd minute from the penalty kick awarded and three minutes later, his teammate Hussam Fouzi added the second with a 20-meter rocket shot, to clinch the first 3 points of their group - Albawaba.com
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