Salih Salih scored two goals and Sa'ad Hafidh and Younes Khalef added two more as Iraq claimed a 4-1 win over Taiwan in an Asian World Cup qualifyer yesterday. \nSalih scored his first goal about four minutes into the match and grabbed his second around the 43rd minute. \nIraq scored again in the 75th minute when Hafidh tapped the ball in during a chaotic scramble in front of the goal. \nTaiwan finally struck back in the 82nd minute when the ball hit forward Huang Wei-yi in the face in front of the goal and rolled in. \nIraq scored its last goal 86 minutes into the match, when Khalef headed the ball in from close range to seal the win. \nIraq coach Adnan Hamad said his team performed well considering their grueling schedule in the past few months. \nThe Iraqi team competed in the Asia Cup in China in July and August, losing in the quarterfinals, before playing at the Olympics, where it finished fourth after losing to Italy 1-0 in the bronze medal match. \n"It's a difficult situation for the players and the team," Hamad said. \nThe coach said the team played six matches in 15 days at Athens and was only able to rest in Baghdad for two days before coming to Taiwan. \n"But we tried to do things for our country and our people," Hamad said.
Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter on Friday posted a new video denouncing China’s human rights record regarding Uighurs and other Muslim minorities. The video came two days after Kanter, who has a history of speaking out against Recep Tayyip Erdogan, president of his native Turkey, condemned the Chinese Communist Party’s treatment of Tibet in a similar video, prompting a backlash in China. “Heartless Dictator of China, XI JINPING and the Communist Party of China. I am calling you out in front of the whole world. Close down the SLAVE labor camps and free the UYGHUR people!” Kanter wrote on Twitter. “Stop the
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BUILDING MOMENTUM: Forward Lai Li-chin, who is a veteran of the national team that qualified in 2008, scored her third goal of the week against Bahrain in the second half Taiwan on Sunday punched their ticket for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup with a 2-0 victory over Bahrain in the final match of the qualifiers at Khalifa Sports City Stadium in Manama, making a return to the continental showpiece for the first time in 14 years. The triumph in the curtain-raiser booked Taiwan’s slot in the tournament for the first time since 2008, as they prepare to join 10 other nations, as well as hosts India, in matches in Navi Mumbai and Pune from Jan. 20 to Feb. 6 next year. Sunday’s match started with Taiwan working hard to wear down Bahrain’s
Jubilant cricket fans on Sunday poured onto the streets across Pakistan to hail their team’s rout of archrivals India at the T20 World Cup in Dubai. Pakistan romped to a 10-wicket triumph, a first ever at the World Cup level over their South Asian neighbors. Fans danced and sang, shouting slogans of “Pakistan zindabad,” or “Long Live Pakistan.” Celebratory gunfire erupted from the rooftops of houses in the capital, Islamabad, as well as Peshawar and Karachi, while fireworks also lit up the sky. “Congratulations to the Pakistan Team & esp to Babar Azam who led from the front, as well as to the brilliant