Iran VS Iraq Final – LIVE Football Reddit Score 27 Jan 2022
Having qualified for four of the last six World Cups, Iran are certainly no strangers to the big stage, and they are currently making light work of their bid to earn a spot in Qatar. As expected, their meeting at home to South Korea in October was a competitive affair which ended on level terms, but they have took care of business in their other five matches. Five wins have been recorded, as well as 10 goals scored and just the one conceded, and it has left Dragan Skocic’s side within touching distance of wrapping up their target with three games to spare.
While they will have to do it without star man Sardar Azmoun, who has tested positive for coronavirus, they will expect to make light work of their next opponents. The reverse fixture took place on matchday two with Iran running out 3-0 victors courtesy of goals from Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Mehdi Taremi and Ali Gholizadeh. Even at that stage, Iraq faced an uphill battle to qualify, although earning a share of the spoils against South Korea was still fresh in the memory.
Since then, draws have been earned against the other nations in Group A, and it has kept Iraq within two points of third-placed United Arab Emirates. Zeljko Petrovic’s team are clear outsiders to achieve a playoff spot, even if they could benefit from playing the weaker sides in the group during their run-in. Although the Lions of Mesopotamia have gone 10 competitive games without success, they did beat Uganda in a friendly on January 21. Iran could make as many as three changes from the win over Syria, with Porto forward Taremi likely to replace Azmoun in attack.
Ehsan Hajsafi and Ahmad Nourollahi are also missing through coronavirus, leaving Milad Sarlak and Saman Ghoddos as their potential replacements. With the friendly against Uganda having been used to build up sharpness ahead of this contest, Petrovic may opt against making any alterations to his Iraq XI. However, that is dependent on the fitness of Hussein Ali, with Hasan Abdulkareem on standby to take his place if the playmaker does not recover from injury.
Asian football’s biggest rivalry is in action this midweek as Iran host Iraq at the Azadi Stadium. Team Melli has bragging rights over their rivals in recent meetings but these passion-fuelled affairs can go in any direction.
Iran has been on a staggering run of late, winning 12 of their last 13 fixtures. Those outings have seen them plunder goals for fun, including a 0-10 win over Cambodia. We do not have the same expectations from this fixture given the slow down in their scoring rate and cautious approach to the 2022 World Cup fixtures. Their last three home fixtures concluded with less than three goals on offer. This has been the case in Iraq’s trips to Persia of late. The Lions of Mesopotamia have kept the scores low in this period with the last three duels concluding with an Under 2.5 goals scoreline.
Goals tend to come at a premium whenever Iran and Iraq lock horns with each other. Both teams tend to prefer slender leads and even see off each other without much goal action. Four of their last five fixtures has only seen one side get on the scoreboard. Iraq held their lead once but have failed to score in three of these meetings. The Team Melli has kept three clean sheets in their last four fixtures at home and will want to keep the trend going against their fierce rivals. Iraq will have to get their pace right in this matchup as they have failed to score in four of their last five away trips.
It has been a qualifying project to forget for Iraqi fans. The Lions of Mesopotamia have failed to record a single victory in their six attempts. Their failure stems from failing to get over the line, losing just twice but managing four stalemates. Despite their prior results where they have been bushwacked by their rivals, Zeljko Petrovic will want his charges to give a better account against neighbour and fierce national rivals Iran.
This prompts two key questions: what difference will this make on the ground, and does this open the door for a return of Islamic State (IS), the group that terrorised much of the Middle East and attracted recruits from as far afield as London, Trinidad and Australia? Eighteen years on from the US-led invasion of Iraq, America only has about 2,500 regular troops left in Iraq, plus a small and undisclosed number of Special Operations forces fighting IS.
Concentrated in just three bases, they are a tiny fraction of the 160,000-strong force that occupied Iraq post-invasion – but they are still subject to rocket and drone attacks from suspected Iranian-backed militias. The US military’s job is training and assisting the Iraqi security forces who are still battling a sporadic but deadly insurgency by IS jihadists.
At Bagram air base, Afghan scrap merchants are already picking through the graveyard of U.S. military equipment that was, until recently, the headquarters of America’s 20-year occupation of their country. Afghan officials say the last U.S. forces slipped away from Bagram in the dead of night, without notice or coordination. The Taliban are rapidly expanding their control over hundreds of districts, usually through negotiations between local elders, but also by force when troops loyal to the Kabul government refuse to give up their outposts and weapons.
A few weeks ago, the Taliban controlled a quarter of the country. Now it’s a third. They are taking control of border posts and large swathes of territory in the north of the country. These include areas that were once strongholds of the Northern Alliance, a militia that prevented the Taliban from unifying the country under their rule in the late 1990s. People of good will all over the world hope for a peaceful future for the people of Afghanistan, but the only legitimate role the United States can play there now is to pay reparations, in whatever form, for the damage it has done and the pain and deaths it has caused. Speculation in the U.S. political class and corporate media that the U.S. can keep bombing and killing Afghans from “over the horizon” should cease.