Al Wakrah: Son Heung-min played a captain's role as Korea Republic moved within two matches of a third title after a pulsating 2-1 win over Australia in their AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ quarter-final on Friday.
Champions in 1956 and 1960, Korea Republic had to dig deep to see off the challenge of 2015 winners Australia.
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Korea Republic fight back to edge Australia in thriller
Al Wakrah: Son Heung-min dragged Korea Republic into the semi-finals of the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ on Friday, winning an injury time penalty and scoring a stunning extra-time free-kick to earn his nation a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Australia at Al Janoub Stadium.
The Tottenham Hotspur forward hauled the Taeguk Warriors back into the game after Craig Goodwin had given the Australians a 42nd minute lead with a close-range volley and the Koreans will now meet Jordan at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium on Tuesday for a spot in the final.
Jordan end Tajikistan's run to book historical semi-final berth
Al Rayyan: A Vahdat Hanonov own goal was enough to send Jordan to the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ semi-finals for the first time in their history, following a 1-0 victory over Tajikistan at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium on Friday.
The West Asian nation had reached the quarter-finals twice, losing to Japan in 2004 and to Uzbekistan in 2011, while Tajikistan’s maiden continental adventure ends at the quarter-finals after a series of heroic performances in Qatar 2023.
Doha: Srecko Katanec is confident his Uzbekistan players know how to deliver the performance required to overcome champions Qatar in the quarter-finals of the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ as the Central Asians look to progress to the last four for the first time since 2011.
Uzbekistan defeated Qatar in the opening game of the AFC Asian Cup the last time the tournament was played in the West Asian country before going on to reach the semi-finals, where they were eventually knocked out by Australia.
And after impressing at the current edition of the continental showpiece, Katanec is putting his faith in his players to deliver another strong performance when they take on Marquez Lopes’ hosts at Al Bayt Stadium on Saturday.
Doha: Goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb is confident Qatar can go the distance against Uzbekistan in their AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ quarter-final on Saturday.
Qatar have only conceded once, in their 2-1 win over Palestine in the Round of 16 tie, and Al Sheeb - who played an instrumental role in their 2019 title triumph - believes they can lift the coveted trophy again.
Doha: Japan have been leaking goals in the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™, which midfielder Hidemasa Morita admits is a concern going into their quarter-final against Islamic Republic of Iran on Saturday.
Japan conceded six goals en route to the quarter-finals and Morita said the four-time champions have been paying attention to this aspect of their game, with Iran sure to punish the East Asian side for errors.