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Iraqi soccer team reaches semifinals

Updated: August 21, 2004, 5:35 PM ET
Associated Press

IRAKLION, Greece -- Iraqi coach Adnan Hamad couldn't complete more than a few sentences without his cell phone ringing. His team is one step away from an improbable trip to the medal podium, and he was more than happy to spread the word to a country in dire need of good news.

"We have spoken to our families already about this victory," Hamad said after Saturday's 1-0 quarterfinal win over Australia. "They're all very happy. Everybody is out in the streets, ecstatic."

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