Iraq icon Mahmoud targets ‘dream’ World Cup

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SYDNEY: Iraq icon Younis Mahmoud dismissed speculation over his retirement and said he was targeting a “dream” World Cup spot after their Asian Cup campaign came crashing to a halt. Mahmoud, famed for his winning goal in the 2007 finals, said he was hoping to lead Iraq’s young players to the 2018 World Cup in Russia and end an absence of 32 years. The 31-year-old striker remained upbeat despite Iraq’s 2-0 semi-final defeat to South Korea, who swamped the Lions of Mesopotamia at a wet Stadium Australia in Sydney.

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