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 By John Duerden

South Korea, Japan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Australia looking to January's Asian Cup

The Kwese studio panel examine the factors that led to Japan's second-half collapse against Belgium.
Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez explain what it was like seeing Mexico fans embrace South Korea during El Tri's 3-0 defeat against Sweden.
ESPN's Stephanie Brantz recaps Australia's World Cup journey and looks ahead to what's next for the Socceroos.

Asia's five teams are all home from Russia, but January's 2019 Asian Cup already looms large on the horizon.

Here's a look at lessons all the AFC nations learned from the 2018 World Cup and what needs to be done in the coming weeks and months.

South Korea

Despite the stunning 2-0 win against Germany, South Korea's World Cup was a disappointment. There were some positives with the Taeguk Warriors, however.

First and foremost, the team have their No. 1 for the Asian Cup and perhaps years to come....

 By John Duerden

Why Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Saudi Arabia have struggled at the 2018 World Cup

VOLGOGRAD -- Russia 2018 has not been a great World Cup for the Arab world with all four representatives -- Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Saudi Arabia -- losing their first two games and crashing out with a game to spare.

While there was some pride restored on Monday, the collective campaign is a tale of bad luck, bad finishing and a lack of experience at the highest level.

In their final Group B game, Morocco (by some distance the best performer of the quartet) gave Spain a scare by going ahead twice...

 By Reuters

Saudi Arabia stepped up pace to grab late win over Egypt - Juan Antonio Pizzi

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner examines Mo Salah's murky situation with Egypt after the Pharaohs tumbled out of the World Cup in disappointing fashion.
The Kwese Sports studio crew break down both sides of Saudi Arabia's triumph over Egypt and what both teams can learn from their World Cup experience.
Egypt's winless streak at the World Cup continued, as Salem Al-Dawsari popped up with a late winner to secure all three points for Saudi Arabia.

A half-time pep talk and a step-up in pace were key to Saudi Arabia's last-gasp World Cup win over Egypt on Monday, coach Juan Antonio Pizzi has said.

Pizzi's side scored in the 95th minute to win 2-1 and end the tournament on a high despite both sides failing to progress from Group A.

"We thought if we were able to speed up the pace, we would have more opportunities and that is what we told our players," he told reporters.

"We told them they had to be stronger on attack ... we also played very well...