Iraq Holds South Korea to 0-0 Draw
Iraq ties with its host, South Korea, as either team failed to score a point in the first round of Group A qualification matches.
Iraq succeeded in holding South Korea back with a 0-0 draw in the first round of Group A qualification matches for the 2022 World Cup.
"The outcome is very hard to accept," said South Korea's captain, Son Heung-min.
South Korea, the host, who is aiming for its 10th consecutive appearance at the World Cup, did not manage to break the deadlock against the hard-working Iraq, whose last World Cup appearance was in 1986.
Twelve teams have qualified to the final round after a strong 2nd round competition.
South Korea and Iraq are joined in Group A by Iran, Syria, the UAE, and Lebanon. South Korea is set to play Lebanon on Tuesday.
The top two teams from each group will advance to the World Cup, and the third-placed sides will face off for a chance to enter the intercontinental play-off.