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Iraq in semifinals

THESSALONIKI, AUG. 21. Iraq beat Australia 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the Olympic soccer tournament on Saturday to move within sight of a medal, maybe even the gold. The only goal at the Pankritio Stadium came following a corner.Mahdi Karim headed the ball down to Mohammed who hooked the ball in with an overhead kick.

The goal set off jubilant celebrations among more than 1,000 Iraqi supporters, hundreds of whom had been chanting and waving flags since an hour before kickoff.

A year ago, Iraq's soccer federation had been disbanded, the team had no facilities and no cash and the nation's Olympic status had been suspended by the International Olympic Committee.