KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- World Cup soccer returned to Afghanistan in a match at the stadium where the ousted Taliban regime once carried out executions.
The home team lost 2-0 to neighboring Turkmenistan in Sunday's game, but that was beside the point. Some 2,500 Afghan fans cheered every time their side got the ball to midfield.
"Today is a happy day," said Mohammed Qasim, 22, a policemen guarding the field. "This used to be an execution ground for the old regime. But sport is an ambassador of peace."