Kolkata: A brace from Mohammed Dawood helped Iraq score an emphatic win 3-0 win against Chile in their second group f encounter of FIFA U-17 World Cup at Salt lake stadium here Wednesday.
Iraq made one change to the side that played in the last game bringing in Maytham Jabbar in place of Habeeb Mohammed while Chile made four changes to their squad bringing in Rodrigo Cancino, Branco Provoste, Pedro Campos and Jairo vasques in place of Maximilliano Guerrero, Julio Borquez, William Gama and Ignasio Mesias. Both the teams started on a cautious note playing a lot of passes between them.
Iraq took an early lead through Mohammed Dawood in the sixth minute itself, the 17-year-old scoring of a brilliant right-footed volley leaving the rival goalie with no chance.
Moamel Kareem did get a chance to double the lead in the 38th minute but his shot went wide of the post. In between both Chile and did create some chances but either of them failed to convert them.
With a one goal lead into the half time Iraq came back more strongly in the second half breaking the Chilean defence a number of times. Chile did get a chance to equalise in the five minutes into the second half but failed to make any difference.
Iraq got a freekick in the 65th minute when Martin Lara brought down Mohammed Dawood just inches outside the box. He made no mistake coolly slotting the ball home with a fine curling shot to give them a 2-0 lead. Dawood came close to scoring again in the 77th minute when he ran solo from the midfield but couldn’t control himself as a Chilean defender snatched away the ball from him.
Iraq made it 3-0 in the 81st minute through an own goal from Diego Valencia. Iraq captain Mohammed Ridha took the corner but it got deflected of Valencia to found the back of the net.
Iraq got a penalty in the 90th minute when Dawood was brought down inside the box by a Chilean defender. As expected Dawood took the penalty but his shot was saved by Chile custodian Rogrigo Sanchino.