Japan striker Keisuke Honda has been named the Asian Cup’s Most Valuable Player of the tournament. The CSKA Moscow star received the award after his side had been crowned Asian champions for the fourth time following their 1-0 extra-time win over Australia in the final. Honda admitted it was a great honour to win the
The Socceroos suffered heartbreak in their bid to lift the Asian Cup for the first time as Japan won Saturday’s final 1-0 in extra time in Doha. Substitute Tadanari Lee struck in the 109th minute to shatter Australia’s hopes and give Japan a record fourth Asian Cup title, their third in the past four tournaments.
Ji Dong-won’s double sealed South Korea’s place at the 2015 Asian Cup with an entertaining victory over Uzbekistan at Al Sadd Stadium. With the top three teams in Qatar all automatically qualifying for the next edition in Australia in four years time, there was plenty to play for in the third-place play-off and Korea raced
Australia reached their first Asian Cup final in emphatic style by demolishing Uzbekistan at Khalifa Stadium. Harry Kewell and Sasa Ognenovski had given Holger Osieck’s side a useful half-time lead before David Carney killed off the semi-final encounter when he found the back of the net in the 65th minute. Ulugbek Bakaev, two-goal hero from
Japan booked their place in the Asian Cup final by beating rivals South Korea on penalties following a thrilling encounter at Al Gharafa Stadium. Ki Sung-yong’s 23rd-minute penalty put the Koreans ahead before Ryoichi Maeda levelled nine minutes before half-time. Neither side were able to add a second before the end of 90 minutes, taking
An extra-time goal from substitute Yoon Bit-garam sent South Korea through to the semi-finals of the Asian Cup at the expense of Iran at Qatar Sports Club Stadium. The teams were going head to head at the quarter-final stage of the continental tournament for the fifth successive edition and once again it was a typically
A header from striker Harry Kewell three minutes from the end of extra time gave Australia a 1-0 victory over holders Iraq in their Asian Cup quarter-final in Doha. The entertaining match at the Al Sadd Stadium looked to be heading to penalties after both sides squandered a number of opportunities before Kewell was left
A last-minute Masahiko Inoha strike gave ten-man Japan a 3-2 victory over Asian Cup hosts Qatar at Al Gharafa Stadium to send the Blue Samurai through to the semi-finals. Qatar had stunned their opponents in the 12th minute when Sebastian Soria struck but Shinji Kagawa levelled midway through the half with his first of the