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Asian Cup fails to live up to billing as politics leave sour taste | John Duerden

Qatar were the best team by some distance but the quality was mixed and attendances low in the UAEAsian football fans often moan that the international media focuses too much on the non-football aspects of the continent’s scene. When it comes to the 20…

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Qatar stun Japan with 3-1 win to be crowned Asian Cup champions

World Cup 2022 hosts upset the odds to win major trophyXxxxAlmoez Ali scored a spectacular overhead kick for a record ninth goal of the tournament to set Qatar on their way to a first Asian Cup triumph with a stunning 3-1 win over four-times champions …

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David Squires on … a forgettable week in Australian football

Australia’s exit from the Asian Cup and the shock sacking of the Matildas’ coach make for dark daysTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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Qatar beat UAE 4-0 to set up Asian Cup 2019 final against Japan

World Cup 2022 hosts make it to first-ever Asian Cup finalUAE fans hurl footwear at Qatari players after goalsQatar defied sandal-throwing local fans to storm into the Asian Cup final for the first time with a 4-0 win over hosts United Arab Emirates on…

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Qatar beat UAE 4-0 to set up Asian Cup 2019 final against Japan

World Cup 2022 hosts make it to first-ever Asian Cup finalUAE fans hurl footwear at Qatari players after goalsQatar defied sandal-throwing local fans to storm into the Asian Cup final for the first time with a 4-0 win over hosts United Arab Emirates on…

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Qatar ready to make history in Asian Cup … but the world is not watching | Barney Ronay

The 2022 World Cup hosts are excelling on the pitch in the UAE but political turmoil in the region and poor crowds mean Fifa’s fervent interest is not matched across the globeWhen the Qatar 2022 World Cup was announced in Zurich by a sweating, slightly…

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Socceroos’ Asian Cup campaign a disappointment at best | Stephen Ganavas

At worst it was an abject failure and Graham Arnold’s over-confidence sticks in the mindSocceroos manager Graham Arnold has described the 2019 Asian Cup as part of his squad’s “four-year journey” that will culminate with the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, bu…

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Australia controlled possession in the Asian Cup, but just couldn’t score

Socceroos fail to score in three of their five matchesQuarter-final exit matches Graham Arnold’s first stint as coachSome will point to the absence of injured or suspended stars, some to the hectic schedule and many to Milos Degenek’s howler but in the…

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Son Heung-min heading back to Spurs as Qatar shock South Korea at Asian Cup

South Korea 0-1 Qatar (Abdulaziz Hatem 78’)Australia play UAE in Friday’s other quarter-finalQatar’s Abdulaziz Hatem scored with a stunning late strike to send the 2022 World Cup hosts to their first Asian Cup semi-final – and hand Mauricio Pochet…

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Son Heung-min heading back to Spurs as Qatar shock South Korea at Asian Cup

South Korea 0-1 Qatar (Abdulaziz Hatem 78’)Australia play UAE in Friday’s other quarter-finalQatar’s Abdulaziz Hatem scored with a stunning late strike to send the 2022 World Cup hosts to their first Asian Cup semi-final – and hand Mauricio Pochet…

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Mat Ryan stands tall but shootout euphoria fails to mask Socceroos’ problems | Scott McIntyre

Australia’s base was solid but they again had trouble breaking down well-organised opponentsAt the end of a tight, scoreless, 120 minutes in Al Ain it took penalties to split Australia and Uzbekistan with Mathews Ryan and Leckie standing up when it mos…

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Australia beat Uzbekistan on penalties to reach Asian Cup last eight

Socceroos prevail 4-2 in shootout after 0-0 drawMat Ryan saves twice to book quarter-final spotAustralia stumbled into the Asian Cup quarter-finals after a gritty, but unconvincing penalty shootout victory over Uzbekistan in Al-Ain.Mat Ryan was the her…

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Australia v Uzbekistan: Asian Cup last 16 – live!

Updates as the Socceroos seek a quarter-final placeAny thoughts? Email or tweet @NickMiller79 1.23pm GMT Ryan; Grant, Degenek, Sainsbury, Behich; Irvine, Rogic, Milligan; Mabil, Maclaren, Ikonomidis 1.13pm GMT The group stage is all about getting throu…

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Australia v Uzbekistan: Asian Cup last 16 – live!

Updates as the Socceroos seek a quarter-final placeAny thoughts? Email or tweet @NickMiller79 1.23pm GMT Ryan; Grant, Degenek, Sainsbury, Behich; Irvine, Rogic, Milligan; Mabil, Maclaren, Ikonomidis 1.13pm GMT The group stage is all about getting throu…

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Attacking momentum builds as Graham Arnold forges clear identity for Socceroos | Stephen Ganavas

This Asian Cup campaign has taught Australia’s players how their coach wants them to playThere is no doubt the Socceroos group stage campaign at the Asian Cup was a disappointment. Despite being placed in a tricky group comprised of Middle Eastern team…

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David Squires on … the Socceroos’ progress at the Asian Cup

Our cartoonist reflects on Australia’s late win over Syria – and the tournament’s outrageously large accreditation lanyardsTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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‘Football is a message of peace’: Saudi Arabia and Qatar put politics aside

Their governments may be locked in a diplomatic stand-off but Saudi Arabia and Qatar are playing down off-field issues before the Asian Cup matchNo wonder the Asian Football Confederation bans all talk of politics at its competitions. Plenty of games o…

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Refereeing decisions blight wild match as Socceroos advance | Scott McIntyre

The official played a part but, inspired by Tom Rogic, Australia were deserving winners over SyriaIn the middle of 2018 an influential Saudi royal adviser bought an unheralded Egyptian football club, renamed it Pyramids FC and then proceeded to create …

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Tom Rogic late show guides Socceroos past Syria into Asian Cup last 16

Australia 3-2 SyriaMabil 41, Ikonomidis 54, Rogic 90; Khrbin 43, Al-Somah 80 penTom Rogic scored deep into injury-time to ensure the Socceroos emerged from a nervy game against Syria with the win they needed to progress from Group B in second place.Aus…

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Australia v Syria: Asian Cup 2019 – live!

Updates from Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium in Al AinAny thoughts? Email or tweet @NickMiller79 12.41pm GMT Match preview? Match preview. Related: Crunch time for Socceroos with Asian Cup title defence on line against Syria 12.39pm GMT Ryan; Grant, Milliga…