UAE's Walid Abbas (L) reacts after missing a scoring chance by heading the ball onto the goal post during their Asian Cup third-place playoff soccer match against Iraq at the Newcastle Stadium in Newcastle January 30, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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The United Arab Emirates overcame a 10-man Iraq 3-2 in an action-packed Asian Cup third-placed playoff Friday to complete an impressive tournament for Mahdi Ali's side.UAE playmaker Omar Abdulrahman was again at the heart of his side's good play, with two brilliant assists for Khalil, who stepped in as skipper with goalkeeper Majed Naser rested after the 2-0 semi-final loss to Australia.The opener came in the 16th minute when Abdulrahman controlled a long ball from deep and played a one-two with Mabkhout before sliding an inviting pass for Khalil to slot home under the onrushing Mohammed Hameed in the Iraq goal.
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