Asian champions looking good
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Asian Cup champions Iraq overpowered Bahrain 3-1 in an impressive display of form at Yemen's 22 May stadium on Friday. The match was their second Group B fixture of this year's Gulf Cup.

Iraq, who opened their account in the game with a scoreless draw with UAE, opened the scoring after 24 minutes when Samal Saeed's cross was headed by Salam Shaker to Alaa Abdulzahra, who converted. Bahrain levelled two minutes before the break when Faouzi Aiash fired a powerful free-kick past Iraq goalkeeper Mohamad Kassid.

Iraq regained their lead on 57 minutes when Alaa Abdulzahra headed home after Hawar Mulla Mohamed's free-kick had found Qusai Munir. The Asian champions scored the third goal a minute before the end when Younis Mahmoud was fouled inside the box and Hawar Mulla Mohamed made no mistake from the penalty spot. Bahrain reduced the deficit in the sixth minute of stoppage-time when Abdullah Al Dakeel was fouled inside the area and Ismaeel Abdulatif scored from the spot.

Elsewhere, defending champions Oman shared a scoreless draw with UAE. The two teams had few chances in the game and the best chance on the night was for Oman when Fawzi Bashir's header was saved by UAE goalkeeper Majed Nasr on the hour.