Thrilling Flashback: Relive the historic AFC Asian Cup 2007 final
Kuala Lumpur: With global sport impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has delved into its archives to provide football fans with an exclusive chance to re-live one of the most defining moments in Asian football history – the AFC Asian Cup 2007 final between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, which took place exactly 13 years ago on July 29, 2007.
The AFC Asian Cup is the biggest stage in Asian football and few editions of Asia’s crown jewel have left such an indelible mark than in 2007 when Iraq achieved one of the most stunning triumphs in modern football.
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Iraq’s Man of the Match in the 2007 final Nashat Akram features in today’s programme via video conference alongside AFC’s resident pundit and former Warriors FC midfielder Rhysh Roshan Rai from Singapore and Mohamad Jradi, Senior Sports Presenter and Producer at Lebanon’s Al Mayadeen Media Network, to provide football fans with rare insights into the epic battle that carved its place in world football folklore.
The 2007 edition was a historic one for a variety of reasons; four different nations - Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam - co-hosted the AFC Asian Cup for the first and only time in the competition's history, as Australia marked their Continental debut.
Iraq kicked-off a series of stunning results that would take them all the way to lifting the trophy with a notable 3-1 victory over newcomers Australia, whose golden generation cast boasted the likes of English Premier League stars Harry Kewell, Mark Viduka and Tim Cahill.
The Green Falcons, meanwhile, registered impressive victories over Uzbekistan and Japan in the knockouts and were on a mission to move clear of the Samurai Blue with a fourth Continental title, to become the most decorated Asian national team.
Widely-regarded as the proverbial ‘David versus Goliath’ final, history was written as the Lions of Mesopotamia overcame overwhelming odds against the three-time champions with Iraqi talisman Younis Mahmoud rising highest at the far post to snatch one of the most memorable headers in the history of the AFC Asian Cup.
Photos: AFP, AFC
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