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Iraq’s U23 football team advances to Olympics in Paris

Baghdad ( – Iraq advanced to the Olympics in Paris with a 2-1 victory over Indonesia in the U23 Asian Cup third-place playoff on Thursday.

Iraq defeated Indonesia in a thrilling U23 Asian Cup third-place playoff that also served as an Olympic qualifying match, guaranteeing their spot in the next Paris Olympics.

The game played at Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, was full of suspense and exciting moments. It ended with enthusiastic celebrations for the Iraqi team and gave Indonesia another opportunity against Guinea in the forthcoming playoffs.

Ivan Jenner’s incredible long-range goal gave Indonesia the lead. But Iraq’s Zaid Tahseen swiftly neutralized this early advantage, heading in a vital equalizer from a corner.

Throughout the game, Indonesia focused on their younger players’ quickness and swift counterattacks, while Iraq took advantage of the physical strength of its players.

Just before halftime in extra time, Ali Jasim’s goal gave Iraq a significant advantage.

The Iraqi players and supporters were thrilled to hear the final whistle, since they were not only celebrating a victory but also a qualification for the Olympics.

It will be the first time the Iraqi squad has competed in the Olympics since 2016. 

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