Asian Cup 2007
Asian Cup semi-finals
Iraq reach cup final (Iraq 0 South Korea 0) 4-3 on penalties
Japan lose Asian crown (Saudi Arabia 3 Japan 2)
Saudi Arabia won a 5 goal thriller against reigning champions Japan to reach the Asian Cup final. The Saudis took the lead when the ball fell to Yasser Al Qahtani who volleyed home in the 35th minute, but Japan hit back 2 minutes later with a Nakazawa header who beat the Saudi Keeper to the ball from a corner kick. The second half was only 2 minutes old when Malek Maaz met a cross from Al Bahari with a powerful header to give his team an advantage which was wiped out 5 minutes later after a low shot from Nakamura was saved by Yaser Al Mosailem and the resulting corner-kick headed back by Maki, for Abe to score with a spectacular overhead kick. Some individual brilliance saw Malek Maaz get past 3 Japanese defenders and beat Kawaguchi at the near post with the outside of his right boot in the 57th minute. Hanyu rattled the bar in the 81st minute but could not prevent an all-Arab Asian Cup Final.