With the group stage now over, ESPN FC runs the rule over the teams that failed to progress to the quarterfinals of the 2015 Asian Cup.
Substitute striker Reza Ghoochannejhad scored a controversial injury time goal to lift Iran to a 1-0 win over UAE and claim top spot in Group C at the Asian Cup on Monday.
Iran wound up their group assignments with the maximum of nine points following three successive wins. The UAE finished runners-up with six points following wins against fellow West Asians Qatar and Bahrain.
In the other Group C game in Sydney, Bahrain beat Qatar 2-1 to finish third in a match between two already eliminated teams.
Ali Mabkhout eased the tension quickly for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), scoring after just 14 seconds to set up a 2-1 win over Bahrain on Thursday that secured a spot in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup knockout stage.
Three-time champions Iran also earned a place in the quarterfinals later on Thursday with a 1-0 win over Qatar, and will meet the UAE on Monday in Brisbane to determine top spot in Group C. Both teams are assured of joining Australia, South Korea and China in the last eight. Japan and Iraq...