Iraq desperate to avoid early exit at Asian Cup

Iraq coach Wolfgang Sidka is hoping that his team won’t provide

an unwanted outcome at this year’s Asian Cup.

The defending champion has never failed to make it out of the

first round since taking on its current format in 1968. But after a

loss to Iran in its opening match, the 2007 winners are in danger

of being the first.

Iraq plays the United Arab Emirates on Saturday and needs at

least a point to stay in the tournament. Sidka says his side is

”under pressure” but insists his players ”have the right