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Asian Cup: South Korea beat Bahrain, to face Qatar in quarterfinals

Kim Jin-su's extra-time header took South Korea past a stubborn Bahrain and into the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup on Tuesday as Paulo Bento's side sealed a 2-1 win at Dubai's Rashid Stadium.

The goal, scored in stoppage time of the first period of extra time, earned Korea a barely-deserved win after Bahrain's Mohamed Al Romaihi had earlier cancelled out Hwang Hee-chan's opener to take the game beyond 90 minutes.

Bento's side will now face either Qatar or Iraq in the last eight as the Koreans seek...

Asian Cup Diaries - Everybody wants Chhetri, an Iraqi dream come true

Yusuf before Iraq's game against Vietnam outside the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Yusuf before Iraq's game against Vietnam outside the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
 

The Asian Cup is considered the World Cup for Asian nations, and one can see a glimpse of that in the playing styles on display. The West Asian nations (Saudi Arabia, Iran) are tough, rugged and play a fairly physical game, while those from further east (China, South Korea) are quick, technical and extremely clever at controlling the tempo in games. Then there are teams like India, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines and Turkmenistan, who are either all on debut or returning to this tournament after a...

Argentina ease past Iraq as four players score first international goals

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Argentina easily overcame Iraq 4-0 in a friendly in Saudi Arabia on Thursday with four players scoring their first senior international goals for the twice world champions while German Pezzella also found the net.

Argentina were without Lionel Messi, who is taking a sabbatical from international football, and fielded a new-look side that included one player making his debut and two others their first-ever starts.

The new boys were rarely troubled by an Iraq side that defended in numbers, but showed...

USM Alger officials unconcerned by Saddam Hussein chants

Officials of Algerian club USM Alger have played down chants from the side's fans about Saddam Hussein at a match over the weekend that prompted a political crisis.

The Iraqi Air Force side, Nadi Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Al-Riyadhi, abandoned the Arab Club Champions Cup quarterfinal against USMA at Omar Hamadi Stadium in Algiers on Sunday, walking off the pitch with 18 minutes to play, after the home sides' fans repeatedly chanted the name of the late Iraqi leader and reportedly also delivered anti-Shiite...

Sven-Goran Eriksson considering Iraq offer after job talks - report

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Sven-Goran Eriksson's last three coaching jobs have all been with Chinese Super League clubs, including Shanghai SIPG.

Iraqi football officials are confident that former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson will sign up to lead the country at next year's Asian Cup finals, according to Reuters.

Eriksson met with representatives of the Iraq Football Association in Istanbul this week and Reuters cites a federation source as saying the Swede had agreed to take charge of the team. The source said the matter would be discussed further by the federation on Monday.

Sources close to Eriksson, however, told Reuters that the...