Iraq 3 Vietnam 2: Ali Adnan's late free-kick seals dramatic win

Vietnam twice led against Iraq but were unable to hold out for a point in the Asian Cup as Ali Adnan struck a 90th-minute free-kick.

Ali Adnan scored an exquisite free-kick in the dying moments of the game.   -  Getty Images

A brilliant last-gasp free-kick from Ali Adnan earned Iraq a dramatic 3-2 victory against Vietnam in its AFC Asian Cup 2019 Group D opener at Zayed Sports City Stadium.

Iraq twice fell behind to last month's confident AFF Championship winner, but Ali Adnan punished Nguyen Phong Hong Duy's tackle on Safaa Hadi by curling a sublime 20-yard set-piece into the top-right corner.

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Vietnam took the lead when Ali Faez comically put through his own net in the 24th minute, but teenage striker Mohanad Ali equalised with a cool finish 11 minutes later. Nguyen Cong Phuong managed to bundle Park Hang-seo's side back in front before half-time, but Ali Adnan added to Humam Tareq's goal to send Iraq level on points with Iran, which beat Yemen 5-0 on Monday.

Vietnam moved ahead when Ali Faez beat Cong Phuong to a pass into the box and his attempt to turn to safety saw him knock the ball into his own net. Mohanad Ali pounced on an error from Do Duy Manh and jinked past Que Ngoc Hai before firing into the bottom-left corner, but Vietnam regained its lead in the 42nd minute.

Jalal Hassan Hachim parried a low shot from Nguyen Trong Hoang to his right and Ahmed Ibrahim's attempt to clear went in off Cong Phuong.

Iraq got another equaliser on the hour mark when Vietnam failed to clear after keeper Dang Van Lam kept out Mohanad Ali's header and Tareq picked out the roof of the net.

The turnaround was completed late on when Ali Adnan's exquisite free-kick left Vietnam with nothing to show for its efforts.

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