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Australia, Japan head for AFC quarter Tuesday, 17 July, 2007

Posted by Farbod in Sport News.

Australia, Japan head for AFC quarter

Tue, 17 Jul 2007 06:33:00
Source: Agencies

Japan’s soccer team has hammered Vietnam, securing a quarterfinal berth at the 14th Asian Cup with Australia, Iraq and Vietnam.

Defending champion Japan remained on course for a third straight AFC Asian Cup title and fourth125.jpg overall as they recovered from an early deficit to win outclass Vietnam 4-1 at My Dinh National Stadium.With the victory, Japan finished top of Group B with seven points but they will be joined in the last eight by Vietnam, who finished second in the group on four points after the United Arab Emirates beat its Persian Gulf rival Qatar 2-1 in a simultaneous match at Ho Chi Minh City.The co-hosts took a shock lead when Keita Suzuki scored an early own goal but Seichiro Maki cheated in the equalizer shortly afterwards before Yasuhito Endo fired Japan in front with a free-kick to put the Japanese 2-1 up at the break.Shunsuke Nakamura extended Japan’s advantage in the 53rd minute before Maki netted his second of the game six minutes later.

In another group B match between Qatar and the UAE, Sebastian Quintana scored a goal for Qatar by penalty kick, making the team hopeful to secure a quarterfinal berth. But, two goals by Saeed Alkas (59′) Faisal Khalil (90′) disappointed the Qatari.

In another match, Mark Viduka scored twice in the final 10 minutes to seal a 4-0 win for Australia over Thailand and earn the Socceroos (the nickname of the Australian national soccer team) a place in the quarterfinals of the AFC Asian Cup.

With the rain falling incessantly throughout the first 45 minutes, the Socceroos started the game at a236.jpg higher tempo than they have in their previous two games and they dominated the early stages of the game. Michael Beauchamp (21′), Mark Viduka (80′ & 83′) and Harry Kewell (90′) scored 4 times, preventing Thailand from reaching quarterfinal.Iraq reached the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup for the fourth successive tournament after their goalless draw with Oman at the Supachalasai Stadium on Monday. It wasn’t Iraq’s best performance in the competition but the point was enough to ensure that the Iraqis stay in Bangkok for and will face Vietnam, who finished second in Group B despite going down 4-1 to Japan earlier.

Oman, in need to win to have any chance of reaching the last eight, had some chance on the match. But36.jpg very good performance by defenders and goalkeeper of Iraq, make them disappointed.

China is to confront Uzbekistan and Iran will play with Malaysia, on Wednesday 18th of July.

by: Farbod Mostofi

Edited by: dr. R. Etesami

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