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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.

Jan 22, 2015

S. Korea and Uzbekistan create chances but no goals in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – South Korea and Uzbekistan both created plenty of chances but were deadlocked 0-0 after an action-packed first half of the opening quarter-final of the Asian Cup at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on Thursday.

With a semi-final meeting against Iran or Iraq at stake, this was no dour stalemate and both sides attacked with brio and defended with a muscularity that often bordered on the illegal.

Jan 22, 2015

Uzbekistan, S.Korea make two changes each for quarter-final

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – South Korea and Uzbekistan have both made two changes to their starting line-ups for the first Asian Cup quarter-final at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on Thursday.

South Korea’s German coach Ulrich Stielike has, as expected, recalled Son Heung-min to his team after the forward was only able to play off the bench in their final group match against hosts Australia because of illness.

Jan 20, 2015

Socceroos goalkeeper Ryan’s stock rises and rises

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan has his eyes fixed firmly on Asian Cup success over the next couple of weeks but thereafter looks set to ride his fine form in the ‘green and gold’ to a move to a top European club side.

Not that he is desperate to leave Club Brugge, where he signed a new four-year deal last November and retained the Belgium Pro League goalkeeper of the year title last month.

Jan 20, 2015

Soccer-Socceroos goalkeeper Ryan’s stock rises and rises

SYDNEY, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan has his eyes fixed firmly on Asian Cup success over the next couple of weeks but thereafter looks set to ride his fine form in the ‘green and gold’ to a move to a top European club side.

Not that he is desperate to leave Club Brugge, where he signed a new four-year deal last November and retained the Belgium Pro League goalkeeper of the year title last month.

Jan 19, 2015

Qatar’s Asian Cup flop augurs ill for 2018 World Cup shot

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The furore over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar shows no sign of abating and a miserable Asian Cup showing by the Gulf nation indicates critics could soon have a solid footballing argument for opposing the move.

If Qatar fail to make it to the next World Cup in Russia in 2018, they would be the first hosts since the earliest days of the tournament never to have competed in a finals before welcoming soccer’s showpiece event to their own shores.

Jan 17, 2015

Troicki crushes Kukushkin to win Sydney title

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Serbian Viktor Troicki took a big step on his comeback trail after a doping ban by ruthlessly dismantling fellow qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin 6-2 6-3 to win the Sydney International on Saturday.

The 28-year-old righthander, who returned to action last July after serving a one-year ban for missing a dope test, took just over an hour to claim his second career ATP title.

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