Asian Cup Opener: Iran Defeats Iraq 2-1 Arch-rivals Iran and Iraq met on the battlefield of soccer Tuesday night, at the Asian Cup in Doha, Qatar. Iran beat Iraq 2-1.
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Asian Cup Opener: Iran Defeats Iraq 2-1

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Asian Cup Opener: Iran Defeats Iraq 2-1

Asian Cup Opener: Iran Defeats Iraq 2-1

Asian Cup Opener: Iran Defeats Iraq 2-1

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Arch-rivals Iran and Iraq met on the battlefield of soccer Tuesday night, at the Asian Cup in Doha, Qatar. Iran beat Iraq 2-1.

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

A rough Persian Gulf equivalent of a Super Bowl was played yesterday in Doha, Qatar. The game featured Iraq and Iran on the soccer field. The two neighbors are arch rivals, fueled by a long history of conflict and war.

RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

Iraq, dressed in all white, scored the game's first goal. But just before halftime, Iran - dressed in red - evened the score.

INSKEEP: It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

MONTAGNE: And I'm Renee Montagne.

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