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Feb 6, 2015

Cricket-World Cup will be clean, says anti-corruption chief

SYDNEY, Feb 6 (Reuters) – “Evil” illegal gamblers using the grooming methods of paedophiles to try and corrupt cricketers have not gone away but the game’s anti-corruption chief Ronnie Flanagan is confident the upcoming World Cup will be clean.

Match and spot-fixing scandals have dogged cricket over the last few years but Flanagan said the authorities in host countries Australia and New Zealand had done everything in their power to ensure the tournament was free of corruption.

Feb 5, 2015

Australia World Cup favourites despite Clarke doubts

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Ranked number one in the world going into the tournament on the back of an impressive Tri-series triumph over India and England, co-hosts Australia are the unsurprising favourites to clinch a fifth World Cup.

With the most feared fast bowler in world cricket in Mitchell Johnson and a batsman in career-best form in Steve Smith, the Australians have the firepower with both bat and ball to go deep into the tournament.

Feb 5, 2015

Cricket-Australia World Cup favourites despite Clarke doubts

SYDNEY, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Ranked number one in the world going into the tournament on the back of an impressive Tri-series triumph over India and England, co-hosts Australia are the unsurprising favourites to clinch a fifth World Cup.

With the most feared fast bowler in world cricket in Mitchell Johnson and a batsman in career-best form in Steve Smith, the Australians have the firepower with both bat and ball to go deep into the tournament.

Jan 31, 2015

Troisi’s extra time goal gives Australia Asian Cup

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Substitute James Troisi scored halfway through extra time in a pulsating final to give tournament hosts Australia their maiden Asian Cup title with a 2-1 victory over South Korea on Saturday.

South Korea’s Son Heung-min scored in stoppage time at the end of 90 minutes to send the match into the extra half an hour, cancelling out Player of the Tournament Massimo Luongo’s strike on the stroke of halftime.

Jan 31, 2015

South Korea beaten but still champions, says coach

SYDNEY (Reuters) – South Korea may have ended up with losers medals but were still champions after the part they played in an enthralling Asian Cup final against Australia on Saturday, their proud coach Uli Stielike said.

The twice champions came up just short of breaking their 55-year hoodoo at the Asian Cup when they lost 2-1 to a James Troisi goal in extra time at Stadium Australia.

Jan 31, 2015

Troisi strikes in extra time to hand Australia Asian Cup

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Substitute James Troisi scored halfway through extra time to give tournament hosts Australia their maiden Asian Cup title with a 2-1 victory over South Korea in a pulsating final on Saturday.

South Korea’s Son Heung-min scored in stoppage time at the end of 90 minutes to send the match into the extra half an hour, cancelling out Massimo Luongo’s strike on the stroke of halftime.

Jan 30, 2015

Shamed South Korea ready to grasp chance of a lifetime

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Asian Cup final is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to wipe away 55 years of shame and prove South Korea deserves its place among the continent’s strongest footballing nations, captain Ki Sung-yueng said on Friday.

South Korea have a good case for being considered an Asian power solely on their World Cup record, having qualified for the last eight tournaments and famously reached the semi-finals as co-hosts in 2002.

Jan 30, 2015

Gulf nations want Australia out of Asia – AFC chief

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asia’s football chief has admitted there is groundswell of opinion in the west of the continent that Australia’s membership of the confederation has not worked out and they should be kicked out.

Australia will play South Korea for the Asian Cup on Saturday after what is widely regarded as a successful hosting of the tournament, the second time they have reached the final in three attempts since switching from Oceania in 2006.

Jan 27, 2015

Early salvo sends Australia into Asian Cup final

NEWCASTLE, Australia (Reuters) – Australia stunned United Arab Emirates with two goals in the first 14 minutes to reach a second successive Asian Cup final with a 2-0 victory at a rain-soaked Newcastle Stadium on Tuesday.

The Socceroos lost to Japan in the final four years ago and will now take on another East Asian power in South Korea in Sydney on Saturday looking to seal a first continental title at their third attempt.

Jan 26, 2015

South Korea beat Iraq 2-0 to reach Asian Cup final

SYDNEY (Reuters) – South Korea moved a step closer to burying their 55-year Asian Cup hoodoo when they grabbed a goal in each half to beat Iraq 2-0 on Monday and set up a final against Australia or United Arab Emirates.

Lee Jeong-hyeop gave the Taegeuk Warriors the lead with a 20th minute header and defender Kim Young-gwon lashed the second into the net five minutes after the break as the South Koreans reached the final for the first time since 1988.

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