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Iran

By ESPN Staff
1 day ago

Quieroz tries to avoid referee criticism

Iran head coach Carlos Queiroz has held back on his criticism of referee Ben Williams, after watching his side get knocked out of the AFC Asian Cup in a penalty shoot-out against Iraq.

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By ESPN Staff
1 day ago

Meram: One of the greatest games in AFC history

Justin Meram speaks to the press following Iraq's 7-6 defeat of ten-man Iran on penalties in the Asian Cup quarter-finals after extra-time ended with the match tied at 3-3.

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 By John Duerden

Iraq hold nerve in sudden death to defeat Iran in epic Asian Cup QF

UAE head coach Mahdi Ali and Javier Aguirre, head coach of Japan, address the press after the UAE stunned Japan on penalties, and knocked the reigning champions out of the Asian Cup, in Sydney after a thrilling 1-1 draw.

Canberra is a quiet kind of place, especially in January when the politicians are on holiday. It's pleasant, green, spacious, with plenty to do, but it is not a city that buzzes. The stadium is still quite a distance from where the action usually is.

But not on this balmy Friday evening when West Asian giants Iran and Iraq came together in a clash that would be too easy to describe as explosive. Shuddering would perhaps be better.

Let's just keep it simple. It was an epic. An instant...

Defending Asian Cup champions Japan knocked out by UAE in shootout

Penalty heartbreak for Japan after the United Arab Emirates' Ismail Ahmed sealed one of the biggest shocks in the tournament's history.

Reigning champions Japan were knocked out of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup by United Arab Emirates after Europe-based stars Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa missed spot kicks in a penalty shootout in Sydney on Friday night.

The UAE won 5-4 on penalties after the scores were level 1-1 after regulation and extra time.

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Japan dominated possession and chances in extra time but couldn't find the opening against a stubborn UAE defence.

Substitute Ismail Ahmed took the decisive penalty for UAE after Honda blasted...

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Asian Cup: Iraq beat Iran on penalties in AFC Asian Cup quarterfinals

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Iraq went through to the semifinal of the Asian Cup after a dramatic quarterfinal win against Iran.

Iraq defeated West Asian neighbours Iran in the quarterfinals of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Canberra on Friday, winning 7-6 on penalties.

At the end of regular time, the two teams were tied at 1-1 and were deadlocked 3-3 after extra time. In the shoot out, Iraq defender Salam Shakir converted and Iranian midfielder Vahid Amiri hit the woodwork in the third round of the sudden death.

Iraq will take on fellow pre-tournament favourites South Korea in a semifinal in Sydney on Monday.

20-year-old Azmoun,...