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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.

Jan 26, 2015

Lee gives South Korea edge over Iraq in Asian Cup semi

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A 20th minute Lee Jeong-hyeop header gave South Korea a 1-0 halftime lead over Iraq in their Asian Cup semi-final at a rain-soaked Stadium Australia on Monday.

South Korea, seeking a first continental title in 55 years, had the better chances and got their reward when Kim Jin-su curled a free kick into the box and Lee rose above the Iraqi defence to head the ball into the net.

Jan 24, 2015

Fatigue factor kicks in as Iraq take on South Korea

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asked on Thursday whether he would prefer to play Iran or Iraq in the last four of the Asian Cup, South Korea coach Uli Stielike said only that he hoped their quarter-final would go to extra time.

The German’s wish was granted, and Iraq will take on the South Koreans in the Sydney semi-final on Monday having prevailed on penalties after 120 minutes of tense, emotional and draining drama in Canberra.

Jan 24, 2015

Soccer-Fatigue factor kicks in as Iraq take on South Korea

SYDNEY, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Asked on Thursday whether he would prefer to play Iran or Iraq in the last four of the Asian Cup, South Korea coach Uli Stielike said only that he hoped their quarter-final would go to extra time.

The German’s wish was granted, and Iraq will take on the South Koreans in the Sydney semi-final on Monday having prevailed on penalties after 120 minutes of tense, emotional and draining drama in Canberra.

Jan 24, 2015

Abdulrahman’s impudence sets tone for UAE upset

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Even in an Asian Cup quarter-final upset of champions Japan that relied more on grit than guile, United Arab Emirates midfielder Omar Abdulrahman still managed to contribute a moment of impudent skill to his country’s cause.

The 23-year-old, who has attracted the attention of European clubs with his performances in Australia, had precious few opportunities to show his creativity as the Emiratis faced a barrage of attacks from Japan in the 120 minutes of open play.

Jan 24, 2015

Soccer-Abdulrahman’s impudence sets tone for UAE upset

SYDNEY, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Even in an Asian Cup quarter-final upset of champions Japan that relied more on grit than guile, United Arab Emirates midfielder Omar Abdulrahman still managed to contribute a moment of impudent skill to his country’s cause.

The 23-year-old, who has attracted the attention of European clubs with his performances in Australia, had precious few opportunities to show his creativity as the Emiratis faced a barrage of attacks from Japan in the 120 minutes of open play.

Jan 23, 2015

United Arab Emirates stun Japan on penalties

SYDNEY (Reuters) – United Arab Emirates produced one of the greatest Asian Cup upsets to send champions Japan tumbling out of the tournament 5-4 on penalties after their quarter-final finished 1-1 after extra time on Friday.

After Japan’s Shinji Kagawa had missed the first sudden-death spot kick, defender Ismail Ahmed nervelessly converted the decisive penalty to send his team into a last four meeting with hosts Australia on Tuesday.

Jan 22, 2015

Son’s late brace sends South Korea into semis

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Son Heung-min scored twice in extra time to give South Korea a 2-0 win over Uzbekistan and send them into semi-finals of the Asian Cup on Thursday.

The midfielder got on the end of Kim Jin-su’s cross and headed the ball through the hands of Uzbekistan keeper Ignatiy Nesterov to break the deadlock after the 104 minutes of end-to-end action at the Rectangular Stadium.

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