10 Oct From the section Football Iraq has held a handful of friendlies, including an exhibition match against Saudi Arabia in Basra earlier this year, but no competitive games have been played in the country since 2011Iraq played their first competitive fixture on home soil in eight years on Thursday as they beat Hong Kong…
- From the section Football
Iraq played their first competitive fixture on home soil in eight years on Thursday as they beat Hong Kong 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Basra.
The country had been banned by Fifa since 2011 from hosting matches other than friendlies because of security concerns.
But the ban was lifted last year and Iraq made sure it was a winning return to Basra’s 65,000-seater stadium.
Mohanad Ali opened the scoring before Ali Adnan added a penalty.