Iraq clinch first Asian Cup title

Updated: 30 July 2007 09:34 IST

Younis Mahmoud's second-half header clinched Iraq's first Asian Cup title, giving the conflict-ravaged nation 1-0 win over three-time champion Saudi Arabia

Jakarta:

Younis Mahmoud's second-half header clinched Iraq's first Asian Cup title, giving the conflict-ravaged country a 1-0 win over three-time champion Saudi Arabia in Sunday's final.

The Iraqi skipper met Hawar Mulla Mohammed's corner kick at the far post and angled his header into the back right side of the net in the 72nd minute for his fourth goal of the tournament.

The Iraqis entered the Cup as an unlikely contender, but grew in confidence with a group stage win over pre-tournament favorite Australia and a semifinal shootout win over 2002 World Cup semifinalist South Korea.

Saudi Arabia was aiming to be the first nation to win four Asian Cup titles after advancing over two-time defending champion Japan in the semis.

The Saudis, Iran and Japan all remain equal with three championships each.

Since capturing its first in 1984, Saudi Arabia has won three and lost three finals in seven Asian Cup tournaments.

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