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Zidane Iqbal shows his class despite Iraq suffering 2-0 defeat against Russia

by Derick Kinoti

Manchester United youngster Zidane Iqbal played all 90 minutes for Iraq in a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Russia.

Iqbal started the friendly and was the shining light in what was undoubtedly a disappointing result both for him and his teammates.

The United academy graduate looked to be dangerous in front of goal. He played in the number 10 position where he sought to make things happen.

Iqbal had two shots at goal – one off-target and another requiring the Russia goalkeeper to swing into action.

The 19-year-old was successful in all four dribbles he embarked on – a success rate of 100%.

Iqbal registered 44 touches of the ball and posted a decent pass accuracy of 73%.

Primarily Iraq’s creative outlet, Iqbal contributed offensively with two key passes.

The highlight of the United youngster’s game took place when he produced an impressive bit of footwork to weave past a number of his opponents. He then launched a key pass to set one of his colleagues on the attack.

The near-perfect pass was just a glimpse of the midfielder’s remarkable technical ability and ridiculous passing range.

Even the strength and calmness he showed was a testament to his composure in tight spaces and when under immense pressure.

Defensively, Iqbal was also great. He delved into nine ground duels and emerged on top six times.

He also won one of his two aerial challenges. In addition to this, he made one clearance, one interception and two tackles.

(Stats obtained from Sofascore)

Against the backdrop of extremely limited playing time under Erik ten Hag, Iqbal reminded supporters just what he is about and what he can do when given the opportunity.

His display during the international break could persuade Ten Hag to afford him more appearances this season.

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