BRISBANE, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Australia and South Korea have both reshuffled their lineups for Saturday’s decisive Group A Asian Cup match at Brisbane’s Lang Park.
With both teams already assured of a place in the quarter-finals, the rival coaches took the chance to rest some of their key players on a hot and humid evening at Brisbane’s Lang Park.
BRISBANE (Reuters) – Keisuke Honda converted a penalty to make amends for hitting the post three times as a wasteful Japan held on to beat Iraq 1-0 in their Asian Cup Group D match on Friday.
Honda made no mistake with his spot kick, however, sending Iraqi goalkeeper Jalal Hassan the wrong way to score the only goal of the match in the 23rd minute at Lang Park.
BRISBANE (Reuters) – China scored twice in 13 minutes to come from behind and upset Uzbekistan 2-1 at the Asian Cup on Wednesday to book themselves a spot in the quarter-finals.
China started the tournament as an outsider for the title but after winning their first two Group B matches in dramatic fashion, they are now assured of finishing top of their pool with a game to spare.
BRISBANE (Reuters) – A magical goal from midfielder Yaser Kasim gave Iraq a crucial 1-0 win over a 10-man Jordan in the Asian Cup on Monday.
Kasim, who plays for Swindon Town in the third tier of English football, scored the winner in the 77th minute with a touch of Messi magic and a little slice of luck.
BRISBANE (Reuters) – Iraq’s team at the Asian Cup are playing for more than just the trophy. For them, winning the title, is a chance to bring some rare celebration to their war-torn homeland.
The odds are heavily stacked against them winning with their preparations chaotic, to say the least.
BRISBANE (Reuters) – Milos Raonic did everything he could to spoil Roger Federer’s 1,000 win party. But in the end, the Canadian was like everyone else at the Brisbane International on Sunday, just glad to have witnessed the passing of another major milestone.
Federer beat Raonic 6-4 6-7 (2) 6-4 in Sunday’s final to become just the third man to reach 1,000 career victories, allowing the relieved event organizers to proceed with their planned celebration.
BRISBANE (Reuters) – With 17 grand slam titles under his belt, Roger Federer has made a habit of smashing barriers and passing milestones but even he was moved by his latest achievement.
On Sunday, he chalked up another watershed, registering his 1,000 ATP career match win by beating Milos Raonic 6-4 6-7(2) 6-4 in the final of the Brisbane International.
BRISBANE (Reuters) – Roger Federer beat Milos Raonic in an enthralling final at the Brisbane International on Sunday to register his 1,000th ATP career win and complete the perfect build up to this month’s Australian Open.
Federer survived the inevitable serving blitz from the towering Canadian to win the two hour 13 minute slugfest 6-4 6-7(2) 6-4 and join Jimmy Connors (1,253) and Ivan Lendl (1,071) as the only men to reach the magical milestone.
BRISBANE (Reuters) – It has not been a good start to the Asian Cup for Saudi Arabia. After just one match the Green Falcons are in trouble and luck seems against them.
Once a powerhouse of Asian football, winning the title three times and making the final three more times between 1984 and 2007, the Saudis are suddenly struggling, much of it caused by their own doing.
BRISBANE (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova beat Ana Ivanovic in the final of the Brisbane International on Saturday in a display that bodes well for her chances at the Australian Open.
It has been seven years since Sharapova won her only Australian Open title but if she can take her form from Brisbane to Melbourne, a second title does not seem out of the question.