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Iraq defeats Vietnam to qualify for final stage of World Cup qualifiers

BASRA — The Iraqi national football team clinched their spot in the final stage of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers and the 2027 Asian Cup qualifiers with a 3-1 victory over Vietnam at Basra International Stadium on Tuesday night.

Hussein Ali opened the scoring for Iraq in the 12th minute. Ali Jasim Elaibi extended the lead with a goal in the 71st minute. Vietnam’s Pham Tuan Hai halved the deficit for his team in the 84th minute, before Ayman Hussein sealed the win with a goal in added time.

Iraq’s win on Tuesday capped off a perfect qualifying round, having secured victories against Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam in both home and away matches, earning all 18 available points.

Joining Iraq in the final stage are Qatar, Japan, South Korea, Oman, Iran, Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the UAE, Bahrain, Australia, Palestine, China, North Korea, Indonesia, Kuwait, and Kyrgyzstan.

The draw for the final qualifying stage is scheduled for June 27. The teams will be divided into three groups of six, competing for a place in the World Cup.

Prime Minister Mohammed Shia’ Al-Sudani congratulated the Iraqi team on their victory and perfect qualification. “We renew our unlimited support for our national team and thank the loyal supportive fans,” Al-Sudani said in a tweet.

The match drew a crowd of 42,791 fans.

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