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 By Jason Dasey

Leverkusen teammates Robbie Kruse, Son Heung-min rivals in Asian final

Australia forward Robbie Kruse will be hoping to get the better of his club teammate Son Heung-min in the Asian Cup final against South Korea.

Robbie Kruse and Son Heung-min will be the creative sparks of their respective nations when Australia face South Korea in Saturday's AFC Asian Cup final in Sydney. And surprisingly, they are both hoping that the same team gets a positive result this weekend.

Not for the game at Stadium Australia but in a match taking place more than 16,000 kilometres away in Germany. They each ply their trade with Bayer Leverkusen, who return from the winter break, without them, to host struggling Borussia Dortmund...

Asian Cup Final: Australia, South Korea prepare for epic tournament decider

ESPN FC's Gary Phillips and Jason Dasey break down the 2015 AFC Asian Cup final between South Korea and Australia.

Football's two opposite and eternal forces will collide head on when Australia and South Korea meet in the final of the AFC Asian Cup in Sydney on Saturday.

Uli Stelike's Taeguk Warriors have made fortress football their trademark at this tournament. South Korea have yet to concede a goal in the competition. That record of five clean sheets over 480 minutes of football, which included a 1-0 win over Australia, has been their ticket to the decider.

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Contrast that with the Socceroos' path to the final...

South Korea's remarkable renaissance under former Madrid star Uli Stielike

South Korea coach Uli Stielike and captain Ki Sung-yueng react after reaching the Asian Cup final with a 2-0 win over Iraq in Sydney.

The Taeguk Warriors became the first team to claim a spot in Saturday's AFC Asian Cup final with a 2-0 win over Iraq in Sydney on Monday night, having now gone 480 minutes without conceding a goal in the tournament.

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With five consecutive clean sheets to show, the South Koreans will head into the decider supremely confident they can make it six games without conceding. If they do, it will go a long way to claiming Asian football's greatest prize.

It's been a remarkable renaissance for a football...

Iraq Ratings: Younus Mahmood fails to inspire Iraq against South Korea

Younus Mahmood may have played his final Asian Cup tournament for 2007 champions Iraq at the age of 31.

Despite Younus Mahmood's valiant effort, Iraq fell to a 2-0 loss against South Korea in the first semifinal of the 2015 Asian Cup in Stadium Australia on Monday night.

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Player Ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Jalal Hassan, 5.5 -- Could have done better with South Korea's opener, stayed on his line and gave Lee Jeong-hyeop free reign to nod it home. Otherwise, dealt comfortably against shots he would be expected to save.

DF Waleed Salim 6.5 -- Looked...

 By Rob Brooks

Peaking to perfection, South Korea beat Iraq to reach Asian Cup final

South Korea reached their first Asian Cup final in nearly 30 years and Uli Stielike's team have timed their run in the 2015 tournament to perfection.

Two-time former winners South Korea advanced to the final of the Asian Cup for the first time in nearly 30 years by defeating Iraq 2-0 in the first semifinal on Monday night in Sydney.

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Here are three points from the first semifinal, which was dominated by Uli Stielike's men:

1. South Korea peaking to perfection

So often, it is the team that can time their run to perfection who will claim the ultimate prize.

South Korea, who came away from their opening games of Group A with maximum points but with...

South Korea Ratings: Son Heung-min stars in semifinal win against Iraq

South Korea attacking midfielder Son Heung-min was outstanding in their semifinal win against Iraq in Sydney and received the top rating.

Two-time winners South Korea are through to the final of the 2015 Asian Cup after accounting for 2007 champions Iraq 2-0 in the first semifinal in Sydney on Monday night.

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After three 1-nil victories in the group stage, including an impressive win over Australia with an injury-weakened and flu-ravaged side, this Korean side is finding better attacking cohesion, adding goals to a rock-solid defence that has yet to be breached in 480 minutes of football.

Player Ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced...