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Jan 23, 2015

Soccer-Azmoun to lead Iran attack against Iraq

CANBERRA, Jan 23 (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.

Jan 17, 2015

South Koreans upbeat after beating Australia

BRISBANE (Reuters) – Three matches, three goals, three wins and suddenly South Korea are looking like a real threat to win the Asian Cup.

It was all very different a few days ago when it read two matches, two goals and as many wins.

Jan 17, 2015

Soccer-South Koreans upbeat after beating Australia

BRISBANE, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Three matches, three goals, three wins and suddenly South Korea are looking like a real threat to win the Asian Cup.

It was all very different a few days ago when it read two matches, two goals and as many wins.

Jan 17, 2015

Australia rue missed chances against South Korea

BRISBANE (Reuters) – When Australia ditched Oceania to join the Asian Football Confederation, they had two goals in mind: they wanted an easier path to the World Cup and regular matches against tougher opposition.

Both wishes were granted. The Socceroos represented Asia at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups and the opposition has proven tough to beat, especially at the Asian Cup.

Jan 17, 2015

Soccer-Australia rue missed chances against South Korea

BRISBANE, Jan 17 (Reuters) – When Australia ditched Oceania to join the Asian Football Confederation, they had two goals in mind: they wanted an easier path to the World Cup and regular matches against tougher opposition.

Both wishes were granted. The Socceroos represented Asia at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups and the opposition has proven tough to beat, especially at the Asian Cup.

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