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AFC Asian Cup

 By Alan Mtashar

Many factors favour South Korea in Asian Cup semi but don't write off Iraq

South Korea make final preparations ahead of their Asian Cup semi-final against Iraq in Sydney.

The 2015 AFC Asian Cup has come to life after Iraq and the United Arab Emirates' shock wins against their much-fancied quarterfinal opponents, Iran and Japan. The question now is: can the West Asian giant-killers keep the fairytale going in Australia?

Iraq face South Korea in the first of the semifinals in Sydney on Monday night.

With both teams having played 120 minutes in their respective quarterfinals, the Koreans will look to make their extra day's rest count.

"We have to play the fast ball,...

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South Korea prepare for clash against Iraq

South Korea make final preparations ahead of their Asian Cup semi-final against Iraq in Sydney.

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Australia look to avoid Asian Cup upset

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and Gary Phillips preview Australia's AFC Asian Cup semi-final match against the United Arab Emirates, where the Aussies are hoping to avoid an upset against the UAE.

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South Korea look to avenge 2007 defeat

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey is joined by Gary Phillips to preview South Korea's clash against Iraq in the AFC Asian Cup semi-finals.

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Javier Aguirre to continue as Japan manager despite Asian Cup exit

Japan head coach Javier Aguirre insists he is proud of his team's performance despite seeing their AFC Asian Cup defence come to an end at the hands of the United Arab Emirates.

The head of the Japan Football Association says JavierAguirre will continue as coach of the national team despite elimination from the Asian Cup at the quarterfinal stage and ongoing investigations into his alleged involvement in match-fixing.

Four-time champions Japan were eliminated by the United Arab Emirates from the Asian Cup on Friday, losing in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw.

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In the buildup to the tournament, Aguirre -- a former coach in La Liga -- become embroiled in a match-fixing...