Iraq vs Argentina: Bashar Rasan leaves pitch after finding out about mother's death

WION Web Team Riyadh Saudi Arabia Oct 12, 2018, 03.47 PM(IST) Oct 12, 2018, 06.14 PM(IST)

Bashar Rasan in jersey #13. Photograph:( Others )

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The team did not tell Rasan about his mother's demise to keep him focused, but he got the information when he was substituted out of the game in 70th minute.

Iraq's star footballer Bashar Rasan was unaware of his mother's death when he was playing during Iraq's 0-4 defeat to Argentina in a friendly clash in Saudi Arabia on Thursday.

The team did not tell Rasan about his mother's demise to keep him focused, but he got the information when he was substituted out of the game in 70th minute.

As per reports, the Iraqi national team took away every player's phone so that Bashar won't know about the news until the end of the game.

However, after knowing about the sad news, he left the camp in Riyadh and it is expected that he will not feature for the game against Saudi Arabia, which is scheduled on October 15.

The 21-year-old stunned Argentine players with his moves in the first half of the game.

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Argentina easily overcame Iraq with three players scoring their first international goals for the twice world champions while German Pezzella also found the net.

Defender Pezzella grabbed a third eight minutes from fulltime when he headed home after a flick-on at a corner and Franco Cervi added a fourth in injury time after a surging run from midfield.

"It wasn't easy opening them up but we managed it and we were patient and managed to score more goals," Pezzella said.

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