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Update – Iraq wins Asian Cup

When the referee blows the opening whistle, Iraqis divided by sectarian violence put their differences aside to cheer on their team for 90 minutes.

Soccer-mad Iraqis, Shi’ites, Sunni Arabs and ethnic Kurds alike, are enjoying rare moments of joy as their team charges through to the final of the Asian Games.

Moments after the final whistle saw Iraq knock out favorites South Korea on Tuesday to enter the final, jubilant crowds across Iraq took to the streets dancing to patriotic songs, waving their national flag, firing celebratory shots into the air and honking horns. State TV played music for hours. 

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