AFC semi-final stats: Japan vs Iran head-to-head

By Abdelaziz Abuhamar

January 28 – Though it is the fourth time in the AFC Asian Cup, it will be the first time the two Asian giants have met in the knock out stage. Iran and Japan have previously met three times in group stage of the continental tournament.

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Iran raise their game a level to blow Chinese away

China 0 Iran 3

By Paul Nicholson in Abu Dhabi

January 24 – Earlier in the Chinese dancers had put on a display of poise and elegance in the Fan Zone on Abu Dhabi’s Corniche. Come the evening it was Iran’s turn to turn on the style as they terrorised China’s lead-footed defence running out 3-0 winners, setting up a semi-final clash with Japan.

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Hayu Omani: Fans create crisis for Sharjah restaurants

By Aqeel Saleh in Sharjah

January 23 – With the first set of knock-out rounds over, for many the long journey home begins – the end of their football adventure. Some of those leaving the Asian Cup  in the UAE will be missed more than others, with few missed more than the Omani fans, especially in Sharjah.

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