One more game to play in group stage

Iraq’s Under 23 team have qualified for the knockout stages of the 2016 Asian Federation U23 Championship, with a 2-0 win over Yemen last Wednesday and Saturday’s 3-2 victory against Uzbekistan. Tomorrow’s game against South Korea at the Grand Hamad Stadium in Doha is a dead rubber, as both teams have 6 points in the four team group.

Iraq will face Jordan, the United Arab Emirates or Australia in the quarter-finals of the Qatari tournament. To have any chance of going on to the Olympics in Rio this summer, the Lions of Mesopotamia must progress to the semi-finals at least. With three berths available for this summer’s competition, the third place play-off holds significance for a change.