But the worldwide soccer federation, which had recently lifted a three-decade ban on Iraq to host global matches, requested an alternative venue for security reasons amid the unrest.
Hennis-Plasschaert told AFP on Wednesday she did not seek to be a counter-weight to Iranian influence but said she feared "spoilers" could prevent progress.
Iraqi officials must ramp up their response to mass demonstrations demanding an overhaul of the political system, the United Nations' representative in Baghdad told AFP in an exclusive interview Wednesday.
"The U.S. hopes for a friendly match with a victorious Iraq".
It accepted Iraq's proposal to change the venue to Amman.
Iraq s political elite has come under renewed pressure in recent days from both the street and the global community to seriously address calls for reform.
For Ahmad Al-Washa, Thursday's match couldn't come at a better time.
"Our most important objective is to send a clear message to all the Iraqi people - the Sunnis, the Shiites, the Kurds - that we reject the interference of Iran and its agents in our country", he said.
Washa hoped it could be a way to attract worldwide attention to the protests "so the United Nations can intervene and end the bloodshed".
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More than 300 people have been killed since the protests in Baghdad and the south of the country started in early October, driven by discontent over economic hardship and corruption.
And when the game gets underway, the "Lions of Mesopotamia" will have fans "not just in Amman, but all across Tahrir", said Washa. Large crowds had gathered at the square earlier to watch the match on a giant screen after a day of clashes with the security forces.
They will be expecting solidarity from the large Iraqi diaspora in Jordan.
Jubilant Iraqis celebrated a soccer win against Iran Thursday as a desperately needed morale boost for protesters who have rallied against the Baghdad government and its backers in Tehran.
As Iraq is one of the most youthful countries in the world, with a median age of 20.2 years, the young population is an essential aspect of the protest.
Sensing the encounter on the field could be heated, the head of Iraq's football federation has been trying to head off any skirmishes.
And when the Iraqi team scored their first goal at the ten-minute mark, they cheered in Amman as the cracking of fireworks echoed throughout Baghdad.
On Tahrir, Hussein Jawwad said the match could be a shot at a desperately-wanted win, both for the team and the protests.
"They're the heroes of the demonstration", said Malak Ali Abdulrahman, a 25-years-old engineer.