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In pictures: International friendly between Iraq and Saudi Arabia in Basra

It is the first time football-mad Iraq, who almost made the cut for the 2018 World Cup themselves, have hosted an international match since 1990.

In pictures: International friendly between Iraq and Saudi Arabia in Basra
Iraq's Mohammed Hameed (bottom) saves an attempt on goal as his teammate Ali Faez Atiyah defends during the international friendly football match between Iraq and Saudi Arabia at the Basra Sports city stadium in Basra on February 28, 2018. Iraq has not played full internationals on home turf ever since its 1990 invasion of Kuwait that sparked an international embargo. Iraq won the match 4-1.
In pictures: International friendly between Iraq and Saudi Arabia in Basra
President of the Asian Football Confederation Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa (C) claps prior to the start of the international friendly football match between Iraq and Saudi Arabia at the Basra Sports city stadium in Basra on February 28, 2018.
In pictures: International friendly between Iraq and Saudi Arabia in Basra
A football fan waves a Saudi Arabian flag during the friendly football match between Iraq and Saudi Arabia at the Basra Sports city stadium in Basra on February 28, 2018.
In pictures: International friendly between Iraq and Saudi Arabia in Basra
Saudi fans cheer watch the international friendly football match between Iraq and Saudi Arabia at the Basra Sports city stadium in Basra on February 28, 2018.
In pictures: International friendly between Iraq and Saudi Arabia in Basra
Saudi players walk out onto the pitch prior to the international friendly football match between Iraq and Saudi Arabia at the Basra Sports city stadium in Basra on February 28, 2018.
In pictures: International friendly between Iraq and Saudi Arabia in Basra
Iraq's Hussam Kadhem Jaber (L) vies for the ball against Saudi Arabia's Hassan Al Raheb during the international friendly football match between Iraq and Saudi Arabia at the Basra Sports city stadium in Basra on February 28, 2018.
In pictures: International friendly between Iraq and Saudi Arabia in Basra
Iraqi and Saudi Arabian players embrace at the end of the international friendly football match between Iraq and Saudi Arabia at the Basra Sports city stadium in Basra on February 28, 2018.
In pictures: International friendly between Iraq and Saudi Arabia in Basra
Saudi Arabia's players vie for the ball against Iraq's players during the international friendly football match between Iraq and Saudi Arabia at the Basra Sports city stadium in Basra on February 28, 2018.
In pictures: International friendly between Iraq and Saudi Arabia in Basra
Iraq's goalkeeper Mohammed Hameed celebrates after they scored a goal during the international friendly football match between Iraq and Saudi Arabia at the Basra Sports city stadium in Basra on February 28, 2018.
In pictures: International friendly between Iraq and Saudi Arabia in Basra
Iraq's Alaa Ali Mhawi (L) and Saudi Arabia's Ahmad Asiri vie for the ball during the international friendly football match between Iraq and Saudi Arabia at the Basra Sports city stadium in Basra on February 28, 2018.
In pictures: International friendly between Iraq and Saudi Arabia in Basra
Iraq's Muhanad Ali (L) scores a goal as Saudi Arabia's goalkeeper Waleed Abdullah watches on during the international friendly football match between Iraq and Saudi Arabia at the Basra Sports city stadium in Basra on February 28, 2018.
In pictures: International friendly between Iraq and Saudi Arabia in Basra
Saudi Arabia's Maath Hasan (R) vies for the ball against Iraq's Hussam Kadhem Jaber during the international friendly football match between Iraq and Saudi Arabia at the Basra Sports city stadium in Basra on February 28, 2018.