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Afghanistan Beats Pakistan In First Soccer Match In 30 Years

Afghanistan has won a friendly soccer match 3-0 against Pakistan, the first such contest between the countries in more than 30 years. The match was played at the Afghanistan Football Federation Stadium in Kabul on August 20. The Afghan team sparked rowdy celebrations after securing the convincing win over its archrival. (10 PHOTOS)

Afghan fans celebrate following their team's second goal against Pakistan at the Afghanistan Football Federation Stadium in Kabul on August 20.
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Afghan fans celebrate following their team's second goal against Pakistan at the Afghanistan Football Federation Stadium in Kabul on August 20.

Spectators cheer during the start of the match.
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Spectators cheer during the start of the match.

Afghan soccer fans wait to enter the stadium in Kabul.
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Afghan soccer fans wait to enter the stadium in Kabul.

Pakistan's goalkeeper Saqib Hanif (L).
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Pakistan's goalkeeper Saqib Hanif (L).

Afghan national players (in red) compete with Pakistani players during the match in Kabul.
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Afghan national players (in red) compete with Pakistani players during the match in Kabul.

Afghan fans celebrate their team's first goal, scored by Sanjar Ahmadi.
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Afghan fans celebrate their team's first goal, scored by Sanjar Ahmadi.

An Afghan policeman keeps watch as spectators watch the game.
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An Afghan policeman keeps watch as spectators watch the game.

Some Afghan spectators painted their faces with the colors of the national flag.
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Some Afghan spectators painted their faces with the colors of the national flag.

Spectators cheer during the match.
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Spectators cheer during the match.

An Afghan player (in red) heads the ball away during the match.
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An Afghan player (in red) heads the ball away during the match.

Pakistan's goalkeeper Saqib Hanif (L).
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Pakistan's goalkeeper Saqib Hanif (L).

Afghan footballers celebrate their 3-0 win in a friendly against Pakistan at the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) stadium in Kabul. Afghanistan was hosting its first international soccer match in a decade. Organizers are hoping the FIFA-sanctioned match will ease cross-border tensions between the two neighbors. It's the first meeting in 36 years for the two nations' national soccer teams.
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Afghan footballers celebrate their 3-0 win in a friendly against Pakistan at the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) stadium in Kabul. Afghanistan was hosting its first international soccer match in a decade. Organizers are hoping the FIFA-sanctioned match will ease cross-border tensions between the two neighbors. It's the first meeting in 36 years for the two nations' national soccer teams.

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