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Jan 25, 2015

Iraq confirmed as Asian Cup semi-finalist after Iran protest

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Iraq were cleared to take their place in Monday’s Asian Cup semi-final against South Korea after the Asian Football Confederation dismissed a protest from Iran.

Iraq beat their old foes on penalties in the quarter-finals but Iran submitted a formal protest, asking for the result to be overturned.

Jan 25, 2015

South Korea accept they no longer Asian Cup underdogs

SYDNEY (Reuters) – South Korea coach Uli Stielike has been around football too long not to know all the mind games that go on. For most of the Asian Cup, his mantra has been that his team had no chance.

It was a good ploy that has worked well until now. South Korea upset Australia to top their group and are through to the semi-finals where they will play Iraq.

Jan 25, 2015

Iran loses protest to overturn Asian Cup loss to Iraq

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Iraq were cleared to take their place in Monday’s Asian Cup quarter-final against South Korea after the Asian Football Confederation dismissed a protest from Iran.

Iraq beat their old foes 7-6 on penalties after the teams finished tied at 3-3 in Friday’s quarter-finals but Iran later submitted a formal protest, asking for the result to be overturned.

Jan 23, 2015

Iraq beat Iran on penalties at Asian Cup

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Iraq beat Iran 7-6 on penalties to reach the semi-finals of the Asian Cup on Friday after the two Middle Eastern rivals played out one of the most extraordinary matches in the tournament’s history.

With the tension almost unbearable both on and off the pitch, Iraq fought back to beat a 10-man Iran after the teams finished tied at 1-1 at the end of normal time and then 3-3 after extra time.

Jan 23, 2015

Azmoun to lead Iran attack against Iraq

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Sardar Azmoun was given the nod ahead of Reza Choochannejhad to lead Iran’s attack in Friday’s Asian Cup quarter-final against bitter rivals Iraq at Canberra Stadium.

Azmoun was named as the starting striker after scoring the winner in Iran’s Group C win over Qatar last week with Choochannejhad remaining on the bench.

Jan 21, 2015

Australia and China wary of penalties on Thursday

BRISBANE (Reuters) – Australia are taking no chances ahead of their Asian Cup quarter-final against China on Thursday. Even the ball boy whose advice helped Chinese goalkeeper Wang Dalei save a penalty against Saudi Arabia is playing it safe.

Stephen White, a 12-year-old Brisbane schoolboy, became an overnight hit in China during the group stages when Wang, facing a Saudi Arabia spot-kick, turned and asked the boy which way he should dive.

Jan 20, 2015

England overpower India by nine wickets in ODI

BRISBANE (Reuters) – England thrashed India by nine wickets with more than 22 overs to spare on Tuesday to record their first win in the tri-series tournament in Australia and boost their confidence ahead of next month’s World Cup.

Fast bowler Steven Finn claimed his first five-wicket haul in a one-day international as England destroyed India’s batting lineup at the Gabba in Brisbane.

Jan 20, 2015

Cricket-England overpower India by nine wickets in ODI

BRISBANE, Jan 20 (Reuters) – England thrashed India by nine wickets with more than 22 overs to spare on Tuesday to record their first win in the tri-series tournament in Australia and boost their confidence ahead of next month’s World Cup.

Fast bowler Steven Finn claimed his first five-wicket haul in a one-day international as England destroyed India’s batting lineup at the Gabba in Brisbane.

Jan 19, 2015

United Arab Emirates cry foul after loss to Iran

BRISBANE (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates coach Mahdi Ali was in no mood for diplomacy after his team’s 1-0 loss to Iran at the Asian Cup on Monday.

Beaten by a goal in stoppage time, Ali let fly at the officials, saying the goal should never been allowed and questioning the appointment of Japanese referee Ryuji Sato.

Jan 18, 2015

Nekounam remains heartbeat of Iran team

BRISBANE (Reuters) – Age may be catching up with Javad Nekounam but the milestones keep on coming for the veteran Iranian captain.

Nekounam is one of the oldest players at the Asian Cup but the 34-year-old midfielder is showing no signs of slowing down in his fourth appearance at the tournament.

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