January 31 – Ten-man Iran survived a major scare against Syria winning 5-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw to complete the quarter-final lineup of the Asian Cup. Sent off, Mehdi Taremi will have to sit out the last-eight clash with Japan.
Asian Cup 2023
By Harry Ewing at the Education City Stadium
January 30 – It was another night of red-hot passion and nerve jangling football in the last 16 ties of the Asian Cup in Doha, Qatar.
January 30 – Uzbekistan secured a spot in the last eight of the Asian Cup following a routine 2-1 victory over Thailand, the last south-east Asian country in competition.
January 30 – Srecko Katanec has defended his reign as Uzbekistan manager and his team’s 2-1 victory against Thailand that ensured passage to the last eight of the Asian Cup after receiving criticism from local media. He called on Uzbeks to “be happy and normal”.
January 30 – Syria will rely on their own strengths and philosophy against Iran in the round of 16, said manager Hector Cuper on the eve of their second-round encounter.
January 30 – Asian Cup hopefuls Bahrain will confront tournament favourites Japan on Wednesday afternoon at the Thumama Stadium in a round of 16 fixture that could completely change the complexion of the tournament.
January 30 – Entering his press conference with an air of calmness and composure despite being ten minutes late, Japan manager Hajime Moriyasu explained his expectations heading into the round of 16 tie with Bahrain at the Al Thumama Stadium on Wednesday evening.
By Samindra Kunti in Al Khor
January 29 – With an assist and a goal, Akram Afif propelled Qatar to the last eight of the Asian Cup with a 2-1 victory over the brave-hearted Palestinians.
January 30 – Jordan crashed their way into the quarter finals on Monday evening, overcoming the odds to score twice in added time against high-flying Iraq.
By Harry Ewing in Doha
January 29 – The most pulse-raising, heartbreaking and inspiring match at the Asian Cup this year, Jordan netted twice in added time to snatch victory from 10-man Iraq, sending the Khalifa Stadium in Doha into absolute bedlam.
January 29 – Someone is going to lose their no-loss record in tomorrow’s last 16 clash, with unbeaten Uzbekistan and Thailand set to lock horns at the Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar.
January 28 – On the eve of South Korea’s blockbuster last 16 clash with Saudi Arabia, Jurgen Klinsmann has said he doesn’t fear anybody as his ‘hungry’ side seeks to defy the critics following a disappointing group stage.
By Samindra Kunti in Doha
January 28 – Debutants and history-makers Tajikistan stunned the United Arab Emirates 5-3 on penalties following an absorbing 1-1 draw to advance to the last eight of the Asian Cup.
January 28 – Socceroos boss Graham Arnold praised his forward line after their 4-0 win over Indonesia that put them into the quarter finals, but recognised his opponents for making the going tough.
January 29 – United Arab Emirates manager Paulo Bento admitted that his side were punished for mistakes in what he called ‘a bad competition’ as the country exited the Asian Cup in the round of 16 against debutants Tajikistan.