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04 October 2023

Late Kewell header gives Australia victory over Iraq

Australia's Harry Kewell (C) celebrates his goal during extra-time in their 2011 Asian Cup quarter-final soccer match against Iraq at Al Sadd stadium in Doha. (REUTERS)

By Reuters

A header from striker Harry Kewell three minutes from the end of extra time gave Australia a 1-0 victory over holders Iraq in their Asian Cup quarter-final on Saturday.

The entertaining match at the Al Sadd Stadium looked to be heading to penalties after both sides squandered a number of opportunities before Kewell was left unmarked to direct his header home after a beautifully flighted ball from Matt McKay.

Australia, the highest FIFA ranked side in the tournament at 26th, will play Uzbekistan in the semi-finals at the Khalifa Stadium on Tuesday (1625 GMT).