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

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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   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   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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Stoke beat Rochdale in FA Cup 4th round

Stoke City's Jonathan Walters celebrates a goal.

11:28 AM   Stoke easily advanced to the fifth round of the FA Cup after Bojan Krkic and Victor Moses scored spectacular goals on Monday in a 4-1 win at Rochdale.

Cahill linked with UAE club move

UAE bound? Tim Cahill.

10:46 AM   Socceroo Tim Cahill has reportedly agreed a tentative deal to end his stay at New York Red Bulls and transfer to an United Arab Emirates club.

Napoli up to third in Serie A

Gonzalo Higuain celebrates his second goal.

10:23 AM   Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain struck a controversial brace including a late penalty in a 2-1 win over Genoa on Monday to send Rafael Benitez's side up to third place in Italy's Serie A.

Western Sydney Wanderers dump disappointing Vitor Saba

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Melanie Kembrey 10:04 AM   The Western Sydney Wanderers have terminated the contract of star Brazilian import Vitor Saba in a decision described as "mutual".

Bradford's chance for another FA Cup shock

Bradford players celebrate following their shock defeat of Chelsea.

9:28 AM   Bradford will have the opportunity to spring another FA Cup surprise, with the third-tier giantkillers drawn against Sunderland or Fulham following their sensational fourth-round win at Chelsea.

Van Persie unsure over Man Utd future

Robin van Persie.

8:53 AM   Robin van Persie admits he doesn't know if he will be offered a new contract when his deal expires with Manchester United.

Balotelli has Liverpool future: Rodgers

Reds future: Mario Balotelli.

8:20 AM   Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists controversial striker Mario Balotelli does have a future at Anfield.

Socceroos in perfect shape: Jedinak

Ange Postecoglou says he has confidence in every player int he Socceroos camp.

8:10 AM   Skipper Mile Jedinak says with 22 fit players, there is nothing more the side could want.

Socceroo Herd joins Wigan on loan

Chris Herd has joined Wigan on loan.

8:06 AM   Socceroos defender Chris Herd has joined English Championship side Wigan on loan from Aston Villa for the rest of the season.

Stielike starts mind games with Socceroos

South Korea coach Uli Stielike says Australia are the strongest team in the tournament.

7:51 AM   South Korea coach Uli Stielike has kicked-off the mind games ahead of Saturday's Asian Cup final by claiming the draw was designed to suit Australia and declaring Ange Postecoglou's side will face no problems from the UAE in the Tuesday's last-four clash.

Dutch soccer chief to challenge Blatter

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7:35 AM   Dutch soccer chief Michael van Praag says he will stand against FIFA president Sepp Blatter in May's election for the top job.

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   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.

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   Two of the big guns delivered in the Asian Cup, two haven't.

Africa Cup of Nations last eight takes shape

Claude le Roy.

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.

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.

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.

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

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