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[29 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]
Japan Kings of Asia 2011

Japan became the first team to win the AFC Asian Cup four times as Tadanari Lee’s goal in the second period of extra time clinched a 1-0 victory over Australia at Khalifa Stadium.

Lee struck after 108 minutes of the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011™ final when he volleyed home Yuto Nagatomo’s left-wing cross.

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[28 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]

Ji Dong-won scored twice as Korea Republic finished third in the Asian Cup with a highly-entertaining 3-2 win over Uzbekistan at the Al Sadd Stadium on Saturday.

The win also secured an automatic place for the Taeguk Warriors at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Australia.

Koo ja-cheol had given the Koreans an early lead with his fifth goal of the tournament before Ji put them firmly in control with two goals in 11 minutes.

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[22 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]
Kewell the Jewell

Harry Kewell proved the hero as his header deep into extra-time saw Australia edge out defending champions Iraq 1-0 at Al Sadd Stadium and book a place in the semi-finals of the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011™.

A game largely bereft of chances was settled in the 116th minute when Kewell got on the end of Matt McKay’s deep cross from the left and steered a header past keeper Mohammed Kassid into the back of the net to set up a clash with Uzbekistan in the last four.

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[21 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]
Japan 3 – 2 Qatar

Masahiko Inoha’s last-minute goal sent 10-man Japan through to semi-finals of the AFC Asian Cup at the expense of hosts Qatar.

Buoyed by a vocal home support Qataris took the first shot of the game through Soria whose shot hit a defender but the ball fell kindly for Mohamed El Sayed, who slid in to stab an effort that Eiji Kawashima did well to deny.

Qatar however came back in the 12th minute and this time no one could stop them. Soria expertly sprung the offside trap to race down the wing before cutting into the area where he wrong-footed defender Inoha before slotting beyond Kawashima.

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[19 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]
Australia edges out Bahrain

Both sides were clearly eager to get their noses in front early on as Brett Emerton swept a low shot just wide of the post after three minutes while Bahrain first threatened two minutes later when Hamad Rakea’s shot flew over the crossbar.

But the rain that had been falling consistently throughout the day clearly had its effect on playing conditions and both sides struggled to create chances in the following minutes with Australia having to wait until the 18th minute to create their second chance when Tim Cahill’s shot was wide of the left upright.

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[19 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]

It took just six minutes for Korea open the scoring when Lee Chung-yong’s cross was pushed into the air by keeper Paul Subrata and Ji was on hand to head home unchallenged from six yards.

At the 9th minute mark, Korea doubled their lead. Cha Du-ri’s centre from the right was not cleared properly and Ji cushioned a neat header into the path of Koo, who rounded Subrata for his fourth goal of the tournament.

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[18 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]

Jordan came from a goal down to see off Syria 2-1 and set up an AFC Asian Cup quarter-final clash with Uzbekistan.
Jordan almost went in front inside the first minute when Hassan Abdel Fattah was released in the box by Amer Deeb but slid his shot wide.
Syria took the lead after 25 minutes when Sanharib Malki drove into the box and although Shafi parried his strike, Al Zino was on hand to smash the ball into the net.
Syria should have doubled their lead four minutes later but Al Zino sent …

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[17 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]

Uzbekistan claimed the point they needed to reach the quarter-finals of the AFC Asian Cup as they shared a highly-entertaining 2-2 draw with China.
Uzbekistan should have taken the lead after just two minutes. Server Djeparov played in Timur Kapadze and his low cross met an unmarked Maksim Shatskikh but his shot went wide.
China scored their first a few minutes later. Li Xupeng’s glancing header from Wang Song’s free-kick was turned behind by keeper Ignatiy Nesterov but from the resulting corner, Yang Hao’s cross was flicked goalwards by Yu Hai, the …

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[17 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]
Qatar 3-0 Kuwait

The 3 – 0 win over Kuwait means Qatar take second place in Group A with Uzbekistan finishing first following a 2-2 draw with China.

Qatar showed their attacking intentions right from the beginning when they took their first shot at goal after only two minutes.

They continued to press and again went close when Lawrence’s powerful free kick was tipped over the crossbar by Kuwait keeper Nawaf Al Khaldi.

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[15 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]

Iran have booked their place in the AFC Asian Cup quarter-finals as Karim Ansari Fard’s goal midway through the second-half secured a narrow 1-0 victory over DPR Korea.
The opening exchanges saw plenty of commitment from both sides but chances were hard to come by and it took until the 16th minute for Jong Tae-se to warm the hands of Iran keeper Mahdi Rahmati, with An Young-hak driving the rebound well off target from outside the box.
Ansari Farid then saw a goal ruled out for …