Most notably host nation Brazil, led by superstar Neymar, needs to beat Denmark to make the quarterfinals. Elsewhere just two of the eight spots for the next stage of the competition are locked up as goal differential could play a factor. Strap in, folks. This promises to be a fun afternoon and evening of Olympic soccer. You can find an explainer of who can qualify here.
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At least 29 people have been reportedly killed in Iraq after a suicide bomber attacked a soccer stadium.
The attack occurred 25 miles south of Baghdad in a village near Iskandariyah and up to 60 others have been injured.
In the stadium a tournament was said to be taking place between youth soccer teams when the suicide bomber struck.
According to Agence France Presse via Yahoo news, the attack took place at 12 p.m. ET and causalities are continuing to arrive at local hospitals.
“They were just handing the trophy to the winners, the suicide attacker blew himself up in the crowd,” Al-Asriya, a police captain from the village said.
UPDATE: ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack and have been carrying out suicide bombings in and around the Iraqi capital as government forces step up their battle against them in other areas in the north and west of the country.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Iraq beat Qatar to earn the last Olympic qualifying place for Asian nations at the Rio de Janeiro Games after a 2-1 win on Friday in a third-place playoff match at the Asian Under-23 Championship in Doha.
The Iraqis join South Korea and Japan – who play in Saturday’s final – as Asia’s three teams in the 16-nation tournament lineup in Brazil.
Qatar hoped to take the Olympics berth as a key stage in its players’ development for the 2022 World Cup it will host, and was just minutes from victory.
In the 86th minute, Mohannad Abdul-Raheem scored for Iraq to level following a 27th-minute goal for Qatar by Ahmed Alaa.
Iraq won it in the 109th through a headed goal by Ayman Hussein.
South Korea reached their first Asian Cup final since 1998, as they defeat Iraq 2-0 in the first semifinal of the 2015 tournament.
In front of plenty of South Korean fans in Sydney on Monday, youngster Lee Jeong-hyeop continued his fine tournament by scoring his second goal so far, as he headed the Koreans into the lead in the first half.
Just after the break South Korea doubled their lead as Young-gwon’s low shot squirmed into the bottom corner after skipping off the greasy surface.
After beating Iran in an epic penalty shootout in the quarterfinals, Iraq could not launch a heroic comeback as their players looked drained from their last-eight exploits. As for the Korean defense, it had yet to be breached in five games at the tournament. That’s 480 minutes without letting in a goal.
South Korea’s players sunk to their knees at the final whistle after reaching the final of the AFC’s showpiece tournament for the first time in 27 years. They will face the winner of Australia or the United Arab Emirates in the final in Sydney on Saturday.
United Arab Emirates and Iraq both advanced to the semifinals on penalties, with the former providing the first true shocking result of the tournament thus far.
Japan was on the receiving end of the upset after Shinji Kagawa blasted the left upright with his penalty, allowing defender Ismail Ahmed to power home his penalty and send UAE to its first semifinal appearance since 1996.
The upset nearly happened in regulation as Al Jazira striker Ali Ahmed Mabkhout scored his fourth goal of the tournament inside 10 minutes – the first goal Japan has conceded all tournament – and it took Japan all the way until the 81st minute before they produced a deserved equalizer from substitute Gaku Shibasaki to reward a better second half and send things into extra time.
Kagawa nearly had a winner late on in regulation, but he put one wide at the stroke of the final whistle, minutes after hitting over the bar on a Keisuke Honda free-kick. After a listless extra 30 minutes, it went to penalties, where each team collected four of its first five, with Honda and Khamis Esmaeel each lifting their strikes above the crossbar. Then Kagawa missed in the first of sudden death, allowing UAE to score the clincher. Yes, that means the two missed Japanese penalties came from the country’s most well-known stars, Kagawa and Honda – puzzling to say the least.
Iraq also earned a surprising spot in the semifinals, topping Iran on penalties as well by a 7-6 score. The Lions are just one of two former champions remaining, alongside South Korea who won back in 1960.
Iran was down a man after they lost Mehrdad Pooladi when referee Ben Williams harshly sent him off. The referee had initially booked Pooladi for a theatrical dive after being shoved by Iraq goalkeeper Halal Hassan Hachim, before a host of Iraqi players reminded him that he had previously booked Pooladi for an earlier challenge in the first half. The referee then was forced to produce the red, sending Pooladi off for his second yellow.
But that would not stop Iran from making the game a memorable one. Into extra time with a 1-1 score after 90 minutes, Iraq twice took the lead, but Iran twice equalized, forcing penalties. Iraq captain Younis Mahmoud, who missed a Panenka penalty just days ago, did it again in the shootout when a miss would have eliminated his side, and scored it to add to the game’s already ballooning highlight reel. Iraq defender Salam Shakir later would bag the winner, and send the 2007 champions into the semifinals once again.