Iraq’s Ali Adnan scored with a curling free kick in the final minute as the former champions were twice forced to come from behind to beat Vietnam 3-2 in the Asian Cup on Tuesday.
Italy-based winger Adnan placed his strike high and to the left of Vietnam goalkeeper Dang Van Lam to give 2007 winners Iraq a barely-deserved victory in their opening Group D encounter in Abu Dhabi.
“It is very important to get three points in the group stage of this tournament,” said Iraq coach Srecko Katanec.
“It was tough at times, but I am sure we will develop as the competition goes on. If I am honest, we also need to be even better than we were in the second half which was obviously better than the first.
“I saw today who can and cannot play going forward, who is in a good condition and who is not.”
نستخدم ملفات الكوكيز لنسهل عليك استخدام مواقعنا الإلكترونية ونكيف المحتوى والإعلانات وفقا لمتطلباتك واحتياجاتك الخاصة، لتوفير ميزات وسائل التواصل الاجتماعية ولتحليل حركة المرور لدينا...اعرف أكثر