THE Socceroos' Asian Cup campaign lies in tatters after Iraq stunned the pre-tournament favourites 3-1 in their second Group A match at Rajamangala Stadium tonight.
After falling behind to a first-half goal, then equalising through skipper Mark Viduka just following halftime, Australia were picked apart defensively by the Iraqis on the hour for Hawar Mulla Mohammed to score a second.
Karrar Jassim Mohammed then finished the Socceroos off with a third with five minutes remaining to leave their tournament hanging by a thread.
Who'd have thought they could take time out from killing each other and being blown up by suicide bombers to field a national soccer side, much less a winning one? Or is the situation in Iraq less bleak than the mainstream media would have us believe?