Iraq won the final of the Asian Cup 1-o over Saudi Arabia. Captain Younis Mahmoud scored with a header in the 71st minute. Iraq topped their group after an impressive 3-1 victory over Australia. In the knock-out stages they beat Vietnam 2-0 in the Quarter-Final and Korea 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out after 0-0 in the semi-final. Saudi Arabia defeated Uzbekistan (2-1) and Japan (3-2) on the way to the final.
Younis Mahmoud finished as the tournament’s joint top-scorer with four goals. Saudi Arabia’s Yasser Al-Qahtani and Japan’s Naohiro Takahara also netted four. Iraqi striker Younis Mahmoud plays for Al Gharafa i Qatar.
Iraq’s win broke Japan (1992, 2000 and 2004) and Saudi Arabia’s (1984, 1988 and 1996) dominance in the modern history of the Asian Cup.