But Arkan Ammar showed he is the man for the big occasion by dinking the ball past the despairing dive of the Al-Zawraa keeper to put his side in front after just six minutes of the match at the Al Talaba Stadium.
You're not going to see many a Panenka better than this! Arkan Ammar dinks it in to put Al-Talaba ahead in the Baghdad Derby against Al-Zawraa. pic.twitter.com/5qwdjrbBkG— Soccer Iraq (@SoccerIraq) February 16, 2018
His country’s U-23 side could certainly have done with his penalty skills during the AFC U-23 Championship penalty shootout defeat to Vietnam last month.
But the audacious goal was not enough to hand mid-table Al-Zawraa all three points and inflict a first defeat in 20 matches on league leaders Al-Zawraa. The visitors equalized five minutes later through Mohanad Abdulraheem and that is how the match stayed, with Al-Zawraa maintaining their two-goal lead at the top of the Super League.