Iraq beats Qatar to get last Asian spot in Olympic

The Iraqis join South Korea and Japan _ who play in Saturday's final _ as Asia's three teams in the 16-nation tournament lineup in Brazil. (Quentin Jones/AP)

DOHA, Qatar — Iraq pipped Qatar to the last Olympic qualifying place for Asian nations at the Rio de Janeiro Games after a 2-1 win on Friday in a third-place playoff match at the Asian Under-23 Championship in Doha.

The Iraqis join South Korea and Japan — who play in Saturday’s final — as Asia’s three teams in the 16-nation tournament lineup in Brazil.

Qatar hoped to take the Olympics berth as a key stage in its players’ development for the 2022 World Cup it will host, and was just minutes from victory.

In the 86th minute, Mohannad Abdul-Raheem scored for Iraq to level a 27th-minute goal for Qatar by Ahmed Alaa.

Iraq won it in the 109th through a headed goal by Ayman Hussein.