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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.

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.

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