Iran fail in bid to oust Iraq

Sebastian Hassett 10:07 PM   Just 48 hours after being eliminated from the Asian Cup, Iran claimed that Iraq must be banned from the tournament for fielding an ineligible player. However, at 7.30pm their complaint was dismissed, meaning Iraq will face South Korea as planned with Abdul-Zahra taking the field.

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Socceroos fighting fit thanks to Ange

Taskmaster: Ange Postecoglou looks on during Socceroos training.

Sebastian Hassett 12:21 AM   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.

UAE spells danger for Socceroos

The Socceroos train in Newcastle on Sunday.

Michael Cockerill 8:00 PM   What's with the red cap? Perhaps the only mystery about a UAE team standing between Australia and a place in the final of the Asian Cup is the plain, unsponsored, cap worn by their coach, who's never seen in public without it.

Glory salvage draw against Victory

Perth Glory's Andy Keogh remonstrates with Victory players during the round 16 A-League match in Perth on Sunday.

11:16 PM   A-League leaders Perth Glory score two goals in the last 12 minutes to salvage an entertaining 3-3 draw against Melbourne Victory

Roos to test Abdulrahman's work ethic

Omar Abdulrahman of the United Arab Emirates competes with Makoto Hasebe of Japan during the Asian Cup quarter-final which the UAE won.

Sebastian Hassett   While defender Trent Sainsbury concedes UAE megastar Omar Abdulrahman is the player to stop in Tuesday's semi-final, he feels the midfielder may have a chink in his armour.

Ryan confident of Asian Cup glory

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Sebastian Hassett 11:11 PM   Besides the defeat to South Korea, Mat Ryan believes the Socceroos have ticked every other box in this Asian Cup and are well placed to take the next step on Tuesday night.

Chelsea and Man City knocked out of FA Cup

Bradford City players celebrate winning against Chelsea after their FA Cup fourth round soccer match at Stamford Bridge in London January 24, 2015.

12:22 AM   Premier League title challengers Chelsea and Manchester City both crashed out of the FA Cup after being sensationally beaten by lower-league opponents in the fourth round on Saturday.

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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.

Melbourne left to rue lack of faith in Asian Cup soccer

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 at best regretful and in reality an embarrassment.

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Sainsbury hoping he's not a hostage to fortune

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.

Postecoglou reveals new colour by mixing his palette

Michael Lynch 1:34 PM   Successful teams grow into tournaments. And so do players.

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.

12:14 AM   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 9:33 PM   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 9:25 PM   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 8:00 PM   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.

UAE star lazy, says Socceroo Sainsbury

Omar Abdulrahman (right) is a key player for UAE.

The Socceroos have branded United Arab Emirates star Omar Abdulrahman as lazy and promised the playmaker a torrid time in their Asian Cup semi-final.

Villarreal, Arsenal in Paulista EPL deal


La Liga side Villarreal announced on Saturday they have reached an agreement with Arsenal for the transfer of Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista.

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