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...
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.
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...
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.