Featured Matches
Previous
Brazil
Netherlands
ESPN, ESPN3 8:00 PM GMT
Match 63
Game Details
Germany
Argentina
ABC, ESPN3 Jul 13, 2014 7:00 PM GMT
Match 64
Game Details
Brazil
Netherlands
ESPN, ESPN3 8:00 PM GMT
Match 63
Game Details
AIK
Kalmar FF
3
0
FT
Game Details
Mjallby
Falkenbergs FF
1
1
FT
Game Details
Malmo FF
Atvidabergs FF
3
0
FT
Game Details
Sogndal
Viking FK
0
0
FT
Game Details
Bodo/Glimt
Odd Grenland
0
3
FT
Game Details
Lillestrom
Sarpsborg FK
0
0
FT
Game Details
Sandnes Ulf
IK Start
1
2
FT
Game Details
SK Brann
Stromsgodset
0
1
LIVE 76'
Game Details
New York Red Bulls
Columbus
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Philadelphia Union
Colorado
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Toronto FC
Houston
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Montreal Impact
Kansas City
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
New England
Chicago
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Vancouver Whitecaps
Chivas USA
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Los Angeles
Real Salt Lake
2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
New York Cosmos
San Antonio Scorpions
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Carolina RailHawks
Indy Eleven
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Minnesota United FC
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Tampa Bay Rowdies
Atlanta Silverbacks
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Sporting Cristal
San Martin
0
0
FT
Game Details
Sport Huancayo
San Simón
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
UTC
Universitario de Deportes
8:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Los Caimanes
Real Garcilaso
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Alianza Lima
César Vallejo
1:10 AM GMT
Game Details
LDU Quito
Barcelona
2
1
FT
Game Details
U. Católica
El Nacional
1
3
FT
Game Details
Manta F.C.
Deportivo Quito
9:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Western New York Flash
Washington Spirit
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Chicago Red Stars
Seattle Reign FC
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Next
 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jul, 13, 2009

Iraq beat Palestine 4-0 in return to Baghdad

Iraq's national soccer team beat Palestine 4-0 on Monday in their first international match in Baghdad since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

Baghdad's Shaab stadium, which seats about 45,000 people, was full to bursting point with jubilant Iraqis waving flags and cheering on their national side, although few Palestinians made it to the game.

Some fans sat next to the goals at both ends of the pitch until Iraqi security forces cleared them away.

Iraq hopes to convince FIFA the country is safe enough to host official soccer matches again.

"I am so happy!" shouted Jabbar Qassim, 21, shortly after performing a break dance with his friend to an amused crowd. "Mark my words: I will come to every match the Iraqi football team plays in Baghdad forever."

The country hosted on Friday its first match since the war in the northern Kurdish city of Arbil. Iraq also beat Palestine in that match, 3-0.

FIFA, soccer's world governing body, approved both games, but has yet to lift a general ban on Iraq hosting matches.

"We have waited more than six years for this," said Nasser al-Shimari, 37, who brought his family. "It's great to see our team live. Now we feel like any other country in the world."

One family came from Basra 420 kilometres (260 miles) by car.

Nadhim Shakir, who replaced Bora Milutinovic as Iraq's coach after the team were knocked out of the Confederations Cup last month, hopes Iraq can soon host other internationals.

Iraqi soccer players, like many Iraqi athletes, have sometimes been targeted by militants and criminals.

In March 2008, gunmen killed a local team coach and ex-footballer Munther Khalaf outside his home. An Iraqi soccer fan shot dead a player of an opposing local team during a match in March 2009 in the town of Hilla, south of Baghdad.

"The message is clear: the audience is showing there is security in Baghdad," said Najeh Ihmoud, deputy head of the Iraqi Football Federation. "They are sending a message to the international union to lift the ban on Iraqi sport."

Iraqis love football. Their team were the surprise winners of the 2007 Asian Cup. The victory brought rare unity to nation riven by sectarian war, with Shi'ites, Sunnis and Kurds pouring onto the streets to celebrate a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.