SYDNEY, Jan 30 (Reuters) – A meticulous planner who leaves nothing to chance, South Korea coach Uli Stielike admits there is one variable he will have no control over when his team faces Australia in Saturday’s Asian Cup final.
The German has done a masterful job with his squad during the tournament, guiding them to the title match without conceding a goal.
SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia, perhaps more than most countries, know the benefits that winning in sport brings to a nation. And few Australians know that better than the country’s long suffering soccer fans.
For years, soccer has been regarded as a fringe sport in Australia, overshadowed by cricket, rugby league and Australian Rules Football.
SYDNEY (Reuters) – The first Asian Cup held in Australia has already exceeded expectations and now the stars have aligned to produce what promises to be a classic final.
Both sides will feel confident of emerging victorious in Saturday’s clash between the host nation and South Korea at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium when the best attack in the tournament comes up against the best defence.
NEWCASTLE, Australia (Reuters) – Australia’s players were forced to put their celebrations on hold after beating the United Arab Emirates 2-0 on Tuesday to join South Korea in the Asian Cup final.
For a country that hardly paid any attention to the Asian Cup until ditching Oceania to join the Asian Football Confederation, the tournament has suddenly taken on historical importance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.