Tokyo Olympics: Japan edge New Zealand on penalties to seal semi-final berth
Ibaraki: Japan kept their hopes of a medal in the Tokyo Olympics Men's Football alive on Saturday as Hajime Moriyasu’s side squeezed into the semi-finals when they notched up 4-2 penalty shoot-out win over New Zealand after being held to a 0-0 draw by the Oly Whites to set up a last four meeting with Spain.
Maya Yoshida hit the decisive penalty at Kashima Stadium after Liberato Cacace had seen his spot-kick saved by Kosei Tani and Clayton Lewis had fired over the bar to end New Zealand’s hopes of advancing to Tuesday’s semi-finals.
Moriyasu’s team had been unable to find a way past New Zealand goalkeeper Michael Woud during 90 minutes of regular time and the 30 minutes of extra-time despite dominating possession and controlling the tempo for much of the game.
But Tani’s save in the second round of spot-kicks and Yoshida’s cool-headedness took them to a win they deserved on the balance of play and which should have been assured long before the end of regulation time.
Tokyo Olympics: Korea Republic's medal hopes ended by rampant Mexico
Yokohama: Korea Republic’s journey in the Tokyo Olympics Men’s Football tournament came to an end at the quarter-final stage as they were defeated 6-3 by 2012 gold medallists Mexico at the Yokohama International Stadium on Saturday.
A goal-filled first half saw Henry Martin open the scoring before Lee Dong-gyeong equalised in stunning fashion. Luis Romo put Mexico back in front, before Sebastian Cordova converted from the penalty spot to give El Tri a two-goal cushion at half-time.
Lee Dong-gyeong scored another superb goal after the break, but Martin and Cordova completed their braces to make it a three-goal lead, with substitute Eduardo Aguirre’s strike to make it six ensuring a late Hwang Ui-jo header would be no more than a consolation as Jaime Lozano’s men progressed into a semi-final showdown with defending champions Brazil.
Tokyo Olympics: Kerr delighted after Australia prevail in Kashima classic against Great Britain
Ibaraki: Australia’s Sam Kerr was full of joy after her side pulled off a sensational 4-3 extra-time win over Great Britain in their Tokyo Olympics Women's Football quarter-final on Friday.
Trailing 2-1 with less than two minutes remaining, the Matildas stayed in the contest thanks to last-gasp Kerr equaliser, setting the scene for a wild, seesawing period of extra time at the Kashima Stadium.
Tokyo Olympics: Takakura hails Japan spirit despite Sweden heartbreak
Saitama: Head coach Asako Takakura hailed her players’ performance after Japan’s Tokyo Olympics Women’s Football campaign came to an end in the quarter-finals on Friday.
The Nadeshiko, despite struggling to produce their customary high standards, squeezed into the last eight as one of the two best third-placed teams but ultimately found Sweden a mountain too high to conquer as the hosts fell to a 3-1 defeat.
Magdalena Eriksson opened the scoring for Sweden in the seventh minute with Mina Tanaka equalising in the 23rd but the European side - unbeaten in more than 16 months - turned on the power in the second half with Stina Blackstenius and Kosovare Asllani (penalty) taking them through to a semi-final against Australia.
Sanchez looks ahead after Qatar's great Gold Cup campaign
Austin: Head coach Felix Sanchez gave his side full marks after Qatar's run in the 2021 Gold Cup came to an end on Thursday.
The reigning AFC Asian Cup champions matched the United States for the most part of their semi-final but were finally undone by Gyasi Zardes' 86th minute winner.
The final result may well have been different had Hassan Al Haydos converted a 54th minute penalty, which could have taken Qatar into the final against Mexico but Sanchez had no regrets as the West Asian side continue their preparations for the FIFA World Cup Finals 2022 on home soil.
AFC Champions League (East) centralised matches to be staged in Korea Republic
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has today confirmed that the AFC Champions League 2021 (East) – Quarter-final and Semi-final single-leg centralised matches will be held in Jeonju, Korea Republic from October 17 to 20, 2021.
The race to the AFC Champions League Quarter-finals will take centrestage on September 14 with the commencement of the Round of 16 (East) battles, which will see reigning champions Ulsan Hyundai FC take on Japan's Kawasaki Frontale, while Daegu FC, who will be appearing in the Round of 16 for the first time, will face-off against Nagoya Grampus on the same day.