Asian Cup 2007
Asian Cup quarter-final first matches
Japan claim spot in semi (Japan 1 Australia 1) 4-3 on penalties Japan knocked 10-man Australia out on penalties to reach the semi-finals of the Asian Cup. After a game of chess in the first half, the match livened up and an Australian corner kick in the 69th minute reached John Aloisi who stuck out a foot lofting the ball into the net, but 2 minutes later Takahara turned in the box and scored off the post to force extra time. Australia who had Grella dismissed for catching Takahara in the face, held on in extra time with Schwarzer making a vital reflex save in the 120 minute, but Kawaguchi saved 2 penalties from Kewell and Neill in the shoot-out to send the Socceroos packing.
Japan win penalty shoot-out
V-Day for Iraq (Iraq 2 Vietnam 0) An Iraqi victory against Vietnam gave them a place among the top 4 in Asia. The match was only 2 minutes old when Younis Mahmoud scored with a glancing header. The same player lifted the ball over the wall from a free-kick in the 64th minute to put his side through to the semi-finals