06 Sep '11, 9pm

Rub of the green favours Zico's Iraq - TODAYonline

3rd round FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Group A Singapore 0 Iraq 2 SINGAPORE - The plastic pitch was more suited to schoolboy football than the professional and international game he said. But despite his harsh words for the artificial turf at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Monday, Brazilian legend Zico had to concede that his Iraqi side got the rub of the green for the second goal of the night, a goal that killed off any chance of a Singapore fight back. Iraq triumphed 2-0 on the second matchday in Group A of the third round FIFA World Cup qualifiers last night, condemning Singapore to their second consecutive defeat after a 2-1 loss to China last Friday. "Yes, we were lucky, (Safuwan Baharudin) could have stopped the ball, but it bounced and we scored, and what's important is that we got the goal," said the man known as the "White Pele". "Today we had luck, but in the last game...

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