Irak slo Saudi-Arabia 1-0 i finalen i Asia-mesterskapet i fotball. Finalen gikk i Jakarta søndag. Irakerne var ekstatiske. Endelig en nasjonal begivenhet på tvers av all sekterisme.

«Those heroes have shown the real Iraq. They have done something useful for the people as opposed to the politicians and lawmakers who are stealing or killing each other,» said Sabah Shaiyal, a 43-year-old policeman in Baghdad. «The players have made us proud, not the greedy politicians. Once again, our national team has shown that there is only one, united Iraq.»

The Iraqi team, known as the «Lions of the Two Rivers» beat three-time champions Saudi Arabia 1-0 in its first appearance in the Asian Cup final.