South Korea run over Iraq en route to final

Michael Lynch 10:24 PM   South Korea will get the chance to break a 55-year Asian Cup hoodoo when they contest the final.

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Korea will be mighty hard to beat in final


Sebastian Hassett 10:16 PM   If indeed Australia do beat the United Arab Emirates in Newcastle on Tuesday night – as the football world, rightly or wrongly, is largely expecting – they'd better not count their chickens before the final.

Memory of loss to UAE motivates Postecoglou

Pointing in the right direction: Ange Postecoglou.

Sebastian Hassett 5:30 PM   Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has revealed the scar of a misjudgment against the UAE almost 12 years ago is his personal motivation for Tuesday night's semi-final.

Melbourne rue lack of faith in Asian Cup 

Imagine what a great place Melbourne would be on Tuesday with Nick Kyrgios competing in the Australian Open quarter-finals on the same night the Socceroos were playing for a spot in the Asian Cup final.

Michael Lynch 2:04 PM   That the scheduling of the Socceroos' Asian Cup semi-final clash against United Arab Emirates on Tuesday is in Newcastle instead of Melbourne is in reality an embarrassment.

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Jedinak keen to bounce back against UAE

It's about the team, not me: Skipper Mile Jedinak trains with the Socceroos at Hunter Stadium on Monday.

James Gardiner 8:18 PM   Mile Jedinak "absolutely" benefited from his return match. But the inspirational Socceroos skipper insists the Asian Cup semi-final is not about him.

Coach reveals new colour by mixing his palette

The Socceroos training at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle on Monday.

Michael Lynch 1:34 PM   Successful teams grow into tournaments. And so do players. Whoever gets the nod against the UAE probably has the chance to make the job his – if Australia win, at any rate.

Japanese carrying baggage after surprise loss

Legends: Peter Sterling and Tim Cahill.

Michael Carayannis 8:34 PM   The Hairdryer: Confidence was so high in the Japanese camp, that team officials sent a bulk of the team's luggage to Newcastle in preparation for a potential semi-final clash.

Socceroos fighting fit thanks to Ange

Taskmaster: Ange Postecoglou looks on during Socceroos training.

Sebastian Hassett   They might be enduring a brutally short turnaround between matches but Ange Postecoglou is confident he's staved off squad burn-out before their semi-final with the UAE.

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Lowe in awe of Glory's fighting spirit

More than blue collar: Andy Keogh of the Glory remonstrates with Victory players during their eventful clash in Perth.

Michael Washbourne 12:42 AM   It's not often Kenny Lowe is lost for words, but even the Perth Glory coach is trying to find new terms to describe his team's fighting qualities, after scoring twice in the last 12 minutes to salvage a 3-3 draw against Melbourne Victory.

UAE not concerned about criticism of Abdulrahman

Josh Leeson 8:25 PM   UAE coach Mahdi Ali dismissed Socceroos comments about his star player Omar Abdulrahman being lazy in defence and said their sole focus was their on-field performance.

The Lowdown: Australia v United Arab Emirates

Aiming for the top: Tim Cahill with Ivan Franjic and Massimo Luongo, three Socceroos who could play key roles against the UAE.

Sebastian Hassett 6:09 PM   The Lowdown: Asian Cup Semi-Final - Australia v United Arab Emirates

Luggage goes to Tokyo via Newcastle for overconfident Japanese

Missing in action: the Japanese team's luggage took a detour.

Michael Carayannis 4:18 PM   Confidence was so high in the Japanese camp, that team officials sent the bulk of the team's luggage to Newcastle.

Valencia go fourth in La Liga with Sevilla win

Javi Fuego celebrates his goal with Dani Parejo.

3:06 PM   Dani Parejo hit a double as Valencia beat Sevilla 3-1 in a highly-charged clash and moved above them into fourth place in La Liga on Sunday.

Sainsbury hoping he's not a hostage to fortune

Trent Sainsbury will be hoping that Australia can shut down Omar Abdulrahman.

Michael Lynch 1:37 PM   There's nothing like being confident. But the downside of expressing self belief can be that a sportsman leaves himself a hostage to fortune.

Juve seven clear on top of Serie A

Paul Pogba celebrates his goal.

10:27 AM   Paul Pogba-inspired Juventus boosted their chances of a fourth consecutive Serie A crown after opening up a seven-point gap on Sunday over title challengers Roma.

How the semi-finalists shape up

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Michael Lynch 10:03 AM   Two of the big guns delivered in the Asian Cup, two haven't.

Africa Cup of Nations last eight takes shape

Claude le Roy.

8:43 AM   French coach Claude le Roy enhanced a remarkable record as Congo Brazzaville defeated Burkina Faso 2-1 on Sunday to reach the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals.

Beheading banner sparks outrage in Belgium

Steven Defour is sent off after kicking the ball at the home fans.

8:25 AM   Fans of Belgian giants Standard Liege caused outrage on Sunday when they unfurled a banner showing a mocked-up image of former captain Steven Defour being beheaded.

Arsenal, West Ham halt FA Cup upsets

Tomas Rosicky celebrates his goal.

7:52 AM   Holders Arsenal have held on for a 3-2 win at Brighton to lead a trio of Premier League teams into the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Arsenal, Villa and West Ham into FA Cup last 16

Diafra Sakho heads West Ham home against Bristol City in the FA Cup on Sunday.

3:53 AM   Diafra Sakho's header saw West Ham beat Bristol City 1-0 on Sunday during a sensational weekend of FA Cup action.

Black January for AC Milan in Italian soccer

Seeing red: Phillipe Mexes was sent off after a series of altercations with Stefano Mauri.

AC Milan will finish without a January win in Serie A for the first time in 70 years after a 3-1 defeat to Lazio on Saturday which saw irate defender Philippe Mexes sent off in a bad-tempered finale.

Iraq v South Korea - The lowdown

Real quality: South Korea's Son Heung-Min celebrates after scoring in extra-time against Uzbekistan.

Michael Lynch   Stadium Australia, Monday, 8pm

Halal food success at ANZ Stadium

In need of a monument: What honour would befit the legend of Tim Cahill? Perhaps Premier Mike Baird will come up with a solution.

Michael Carayannis   Halal food has been on sale for the first time in Stadium Australia's history during the Asian Cup in light of a wave of different cultures converging on to the Sydney Olympic Park precinct.

Williams on track for World Cup

A word of advice: Matildas goalkeeper Lydia Williams is hoping to speak with Wallabies flanker David Pocock about his return from a torn ACL.

Chris Dutton   Matildas and Canberra United goalkeeper Lydia Williams is drawing inspiration from David Pocock's comeback.

Iran protest over 'ineligible' Iraq player

Nothing to see here: Iraq's Alaa Abdulzehra insists he has done nothing wrong.

Talek Harris   Asian Cup organisers scrambled on Sunday to deal with a sensational protest from Iran claiming that Iraq fielded an ineligible player during their stormy quarter-final defeat.

Asian Cup: Interactive country guide

How the teams shape up for January's tournament in Australia.


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