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qatar 2011

Japanese comeback ousts hosts

Qatar 2 Japan 3 (January 21)
Ten-man Japan came from behind to knock hosts Qatar out of the competition with a goal in the 90th minute. Qatar took a 12th minute lead through Sebastian Soria who ran into the box from the right, cut the ball inside past a defender and forced it past Kawashima at the near post, but Japan who had enjoyed more possession were level in the 28th minute when Okazaki lifted the ball over the keeper for Kagawa to knock over the line. Yoshida was sent off for his 2nd yellow card offence in the 61st minute and substitute Fabio Cesar scored the resulting free-kick a minute later from an acute angle beating the badly-placed Kawashima at the near post. In the 70th minute the ball broke to Kagawa on the edge of the area and the Borussia Dortmund player raced clear to fire past Burhan in the Qatar goal, and the same player picked up a piercing pass on the edge of the box showing strength and determination that resulted in the ball falling to Inoha for a last minute tap-in, denying the hosts extra time.

Shinji Kagawa slams the ball past Burhan

Bakaev brace beats Jordan

Uzbekistan 2 Jordan 1 (January 21)
Uzbekistan reached the last four thanks to a double from Ulugbek Bakaev early in the 2nd half. Geynrikh tested Amer Sabah in the Jordan goal with a fierce 25-yarder in the 23rd minute and 4 minutes later Nesterov was brought into action at the other end colliding with the post while keeping out an awkward free-kick that needed to be cleared off the line by a defender, but the deadlock was broken a minute into the 2nd half when Bakaev met Jeparov's free-kick with a glancing header, and 3 minutes Kapadze delivered a low cross for Bakaev to knock in his second. Jordan pulled a goal back in the 58th minute when Nesterov kept out a header from a corner kick and Yaseen banged in the rebound, but the Jordanians failed to seriously threaten the outcome of the match and Uzbekistan celebrated a place in the semi-finals.

Australia dethrone Iraq

Australia 0 Iraq 0 (1-0 aet) (January 22)
A goal 2 minutes from the end of extra time ended Iraq's reign in Asia. Iraq had a great chance when Emad Mohammed was put through but angled his shot past Schwarzer and the far post in the 54th minute and 6 minutes later at the other end Mohammed Kassid dived low to gather a shot from Jedinak. Australia had more possession but Iraq looked livelier in the closing stages with Mohammed bringing a save out of Schwarzer to force extra-time in which neither side looked like scoring until Harry Kewell got between 2 defenders to head the ball past Kassid and send Australia into the semi-finals.

harry kewell
Kassid beaten by Kewell winning header

South Korea edge past Iran

South Korea 0 Iran 0 (1-0 aet) (January 22)
An extra-time goal in a tightly-fought contest decided the match in South Korea's favour. Jung Sung Ryong saved brilliantly to prevent an own-goal from a defensive header in the 27th minute, but that was the closest the Iranians came to scoring, and South Korea didn't trouble the Iranian keeper until the last kick of the first-half of extra time when Yoon Bit Garam fired the ball into the far corner of the net from just outside the box to send the three-time champions home.

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