Iraq thrashed Palestine 4-0 in a friendly on Monday, the first game to be held in Baghdad since the US-led invasion in 2003.
The two teams met in the Kurdish
city of Arbil last Friday as the national team returned home for its first
match for seven years.
That ended in a 3-0 victory for the
Asian champions, and Monday’s result was similar.
Then, Hawar Mullah Mohammed broke the deadlock, and he did so again in front
of 50,000 fans at the Al-Shaab Stadium, scoring after 25 minutes.
Karras Jasim added a second 13 minutes after the restart,
and Ala Abdel made it three with 18 minutes remaining.
There was still time in the dying seconds for Emad Mohammed
to score a fourth from the spot.
Iraqi FA officials were delighted with the
match and the fact that it passed without incident.
“We hope that this match will make the FIFA officials think
of lifting the ban on holding matches in Baghdad,” Najih Hamoud.