Jubilant Iraqis broke the monotony of suicide bombings Wednesday evening by killing and wounding one another with celebratory gunfire after Iraq’s 4-3 soccer victory in a shootout over South Korea in the Asian Cup.

The suicide bombers couldn’t resist joining in, but they waited until happy Iraqis poured into the streets of Baghdead, waving flags. Two bomb blasts ripped through the crowds, killing more than 50 people and wounding 135.

But back to the match in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:

After a physical encounter which finished goalless, the Middle Eastern side prevailed in the spot kick lottery as goalkeeper Noor Sabri tipped aside Yeom Ki-hun’s spot kick and Kim Jung-woo hit the post with his side’s final attempt.

The Iraqis will face either Japan or Saudi Arabia in the final in Jakarta on Sunday.

Prediction: The Iraqis are hot, but it’ll still be their funeral.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 26, 2007

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