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An opening league victory for Iraqi champions Arbil over Zakho was
marred by violence between the local police and visiting fans at the
Franso Hariri Stadium on Saturday.
With the score at 2-0 to the home side, and the match seemingly won,
the game was halted when fighting broke between the local police and a
small group of Zakho fans.
Referee Mohanad Qasim stopped play in the
82nd minute when spectators had to carry an injured fan across the
field to receive medical treatment.
According to reports from the stadium, a policeman had fired a round of
bullets to disperse the spectators after a handful of rival fans had
fought with police.
One fan was wounded and taken by ambulance to the
Arbil had opened the scoring with a header from Muslim Mubarak in the
The talented number ten added a second five minutes later
with a stunning strike from all of 30 yards.
The home side scored two
more goals through substitute Loay Salah and Hulgard Mulla Mohammed in
the nine minutes of injury time added on by the referee.
In the day's other two matches, Kirkuk managed a 1-1 draw with
Al-Kahraba, while city rivals Maysan and Naft Maysan played out the
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya and Al-Zawraa kicked off the new 2009-2010 season on
Wednesday at the Al-Jawiya stadium.
The home side won the game with a
ninth minute strike from Amjad Radhi.
Newly promoted Al-Sharqat gained a point against Nadi Baghdad with a
goal only two minutes from time from Rafah Khalaf, after Ali Mansour
had given the Baghdad club the lead after the hour mark.
Ten-man Duhok had defender Jassim Mohammed Haji to thank for all three
points in their match with city rivals Pires.
Al-Shurta could only
manage a 0-0 stalemate with Al-Hudoud.
In the Najaf derby, Al-Najaf beat Al-Kufa 2-0 with a strike from Faris
Hassoun in the 80th minute, and a penalty from new recruit Qais Tariq
only three minutes from the end.
In other results, Al-Sinaa beat Al-Bareed 2-1, Al-Talaba drew 1-1 with
Al-Minaa, Karbala beat Al-Nafat 1-0.
Diyala were defeated with a 74
minute goal from Uday Salih that gave Samarra victory, while Nafat
Al-Janoub (South Oil Club) managed a 2-1 victory over Al-Diwaniya.
The most surprising result of the opening day matches, was league
newcomers Al-Hassanin’s away day victory over Samawa at the Samawa
Ali Mohammed Ali converted a 58th minute penalty to
give the visitors the spoils.
The Baghdad based club, founded in 1994 and situated in Al-Sadr City,
were promoted to the top tier of the Iraqi league for the first time in