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  • January 22, 2011
  • • 11:25 AM
  • • Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium (Qatar SC Stadium), ad-Dōha (Doha)
  • Referee: R. Irmatov
  • • Attendance: 7111
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Iran 0-1 South Korea (AET): Yoon Bit-Garam Sinks Team Melli In Extra Time

Iran 0-1 South Korea (AET): Yoon Bit-Garam Sinks Team Melli In Extra Time

The substitute proved decisive in a very tightly contested game.

South Korea are through to the semi-finals of the Asian Cup after they disposed of Iran courtesy of an extra time strike by Yoon Bit-Garam. There were no goals in normal time and just when it seemed like the game will be decided through lottery of penalties, the supersub popped in with a fine winner to set a date with Japan in the semi-finals.

Neither team dominated the proceeding early in the game as chances were few and far between in front of both goals. Cha Du-Ri was causing problems down the right for Iran and he nearly created a goal with a rampaging run in the 25th minute, but his final ball could not find a red shirt.

Park Ji-Sung was also active in attack and his first chance of the game came moments later when he just could not reach a ball near the byline and apply a finish. South Korea were clearly the better team in the first half hour as they passed the ball around nicely, but were actually struggling to make possession count.

Koo Ja-Cheol went close with a meek header in the 41st minute, when Iran's defence completely misjudged a seemingly harmless situation. Ji Dong-Won had a shot fly over the bar just before half-time for what proved to be the final moment of interest for the first half.

Iran stepped up a gear in the second half and could have found a goal through Gholamreza Rezaei in the 62nd minute when the striker seemed to have been pulled down by Jong-Soo Lee. Three minutes later, however, Dong-Won found himself on the end of a marvelous cross by Du-Ri, but headed disappointingly at Seyed Mehdi Rahmati from just outside the six-yard box.

In the following attack Mohamadreza Khalatbari was granted the ball after a fortunate rebound in the box, but he was too slot to react and Jung Sung-Ryong  managed to claim his weak finish. Javad Nekouman went close with a free-kick just before the eighty minute mark and Rezaei wasted two chances in the space of two minutes just before the ninety minute whistle.

The game entered extra time and it seemed that neither team was willing to take any risks. There were no clear-cut chances for either side, but in the one-minute injury time of the first half of extra time Bit-Garam find the opener with a magnificent solo run and finish.

The heartbreaking development of the game left Iran with only fifteen minutes to mount a comeback. They went close through Andranik Teymourian, substitute Massoud Shojaei and Javad Nekouman, but to no avail as the Taegeuk Warriors managed to defend their one-goal lead to the final whistle.

Iran crash out of the Asian Cup, while South Korea will face Japan in the semi-finals of the competition.


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Iran beats UAE 3-0 in Asian Cup

Iran beats UAE 3-0 in Asian Cup

 


NESHA STARCEVIC, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: January 19, 2011 1:58 p.m.
Last modified: January 19, 2011 2:04 p.m.
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DOHA, Qatar - A second-string Iran team defeated the United Arab Emirates 3-0 on Wednesday to send the Gulf nation out of the Asian Cup in a match both teams finished with 10 men.

Iran was already sure of advancing to the quarterfinals and became the only team to finish the group stage with three wins from three games and topped Group D ahead of Iraq, which beat North Korea 1-0.

"I'm happy to go to second stage with a perfect record and to be the only team with nine points. Having said that, all teams start fresh and it's like a new tournament," Iran coach Afshin Ghotbi said.

Forward Arash Afshin gave Iran the lead in the 70th minute, only to be sent off five minutes later. Midfielder Mohammad Nori scored the second in the 83rd and UAE defender Walid Abbas netted an own goal in injury time.

UAE defender Khalid Sebil was sent off in the 79th.

Afshin scored after a quick run down the right flank by substitute Gholam Reza Rezaei, whose cross was met by Mohammad Gholami. His first header struck the underside of the crossbar and the Iranian forward had another attempt but his second header also bounced off the crossbar. Afshin then followed through to slam the ball into the net.

Five minutes later, Afshin was sent off with his second booking for a rough challenge on UAE goalkeeper Majed Naser.

The UAE's man advantage last only four minutes, until Sebil was sent off with his second yellow card.

Nori scored after collecting a pass from the right flank from defender Khosro Heidar, and Abbas' attempt to clear the ball then ended in his own net in injury time.

Despite using mainly reserve players, Iran looked dangerous on the counterattack and Abbas made two key clearances early in the game.

"We had many players for whom it was their first international match," Ghotbi said. "I think especially in the second half we showed quality."

Ghotbi rested his regulars for the quarterfinal clash with South Korea, making nine changes in his starting lineup but bringing in a couple of first-choice players in the second half.

"I always look forward to South Korea-Iran. Without that matchup it's not an Asian Cup. I expect a wonderful match,"
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Iran beats UAE 3-0 in Asian Cup

Iran beats UAE 3-0 in Asian Cup

 


NESHA STARCEVIC, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: January 19, 2011 1:58 p.m.
Last modified: January 19, 2011 2:04 p.m.
                  Text size
DOHA, Qatar - A second-string Iran team defeated the United Arab Emirates 3-0 on Wednesday to send the Gulf nation out of the Asian Cup in a match both teams finished with 10 men.

Iran was already sure of advancing to the quarterfinals and became the only team to finish the group stage with three wins from three games and topped Group D ahead of Iraq, which beat North Korea 1-0.

"I'm happy to go to second stage with a perfect record and to be the only team with nine points. Having said that, all teams start fresh and it's like a new tournament," Iran coach Afshin Ghotbi said.

Forward Arash Afshin gave Iran the lead in the 70th minute, only to be sent off five minutes later. Midfielder Mohammad Nori scored the second in the 83rd and UAE defender Walid Abbas netted an own goal in injury time.

UAE defender Khalid Sebil was sent off in the 79th.

Afshin scored after a quick run down the right flank by substitute Gholam Reza Rezaei, whose cross was met by Mohammad Gholami. His first header struck the underside of the crossbar and the Iranian forward had another attempt but his second header also bounced off the crossbar. Afshin then followed through to slam the ball into the net.

Five minutes later, Afshin was sent off with his second booking for a rough challenge on UAE goalkeeper Majed Naser.

The UAE's man advantage last only four minutes, until Sebil was sent off with his second yellow card.

Nori scored after collecting a pass from the right flank from defender Khosro Heidar, and Abbas' attempt to clear the ball then ended in his own net in injury time.

Despite using mainly reserve players, Iran looked dangerous on the counterattack and Abbas made two key clearances early in the game.

"We had many players for whom it was their first international match," Ghotbi said. "I think especially in the second half we showed quality."

Ghotbi rested his regulars for the quarterfinal clash with South Korea, making nine changes in his starting lineup but bringing in a couple of first-choice players in the second half.

"I always look forward to South Korea-Iran. Without that matchup it's not an Asian Cup. I expect a wonderful match,"

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