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UAE's Asian Cup quarterfinal upset of Japan one for the ages

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

You never want to see the defending champions exit a tournament quietly, and for Japan, the side that has won four of the last six Asian Cups, this was a departure fitting their stature.

Were it not for the incredible Iran/Iraq quarterfinal that finished just seconds before this game, this remarkable clash in Sydney would have easily ranked as the tournament's most dramatic match.

How Japan, almost unbackable favourites, contrived to not win this encounter is the stuff of legend.

How Japan contrived to not win their Asian Cup quarterfinal against the UAE in Canberra is the stuff of legend.

Mustering just...

By ESPN Staff
2 days ago

Mahdi Ali: We knew we could do it

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.

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Highlights: Japan 1-1 UAE (UAE won 5-4 on pens)

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

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UAE keep Japan superstars quiet in historic Asian Cup quarterfinal upset

Striker Ali Mabkhout gave UAE a surprise lead against champions Japan in the seventh minute of the Asian Cup quarterfinal.

It was a day of upsets as four-time champions Japan followed three-time winners Iran out of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, both losing their quarterfinals on penalties.

After Iraq eliminated Iran in Canberra, United Arab Emirates knocked out Javier Aguirre's Samurai Blue 5-4 in Sydney with the game locked at 1-1 after regular and extra time.

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Here are three points from the game at Stadium Australia:

1. UAE cap off stunning day

When Iraq took the lead twice in extra time against Asia's highest ranked team...

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...