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Asian Cup: Australia win shootout, will face hosts UAE in quarters; Japan advance past Saudis

Mat Ryan saved two spot kicks in a penalty shootout against Uzbekistan in the Asian Cup round of 16, after the game finished 0-0.
Socceroos coach Graham Arnold says the performance from Mat Ryan shows exactly why he's a Premier League goalkeeper.
Son-Heung min set up both goals as South Korea overcame China 2-0, with both teams still booking their place in the Round of 16.

Goalkeeper Maty Ryan earned champions Australia a quarterfinal place in the Asian Cup on Monday as he made two saves in a shootout to see off Uzbekistan with a 4-2 win on penalties after 120 goalless minutes.

The Brighton & Hove Albion keeper Ryan denied Islom Tukhtakhujaev and Dostonbek Khamdamov to leave Mathew Leckie to score the winning spot-kick and take the Socceroos into the last eight.

The result was no less than the Australians deserved after dominating the second half and most of extra time...

Graham Arnold has Australia playing 'positive' attacking football - Aziz Behich

Tom Rogic's injury-time winner over Syria confirmed Australia's place in the Asia Cup knockout rounds.

Socceroos left-back Aziz Behich is revelling in the attacking emphasis of the team under coach Graham Arnold.

The left-back has been an ever-present in the seven matches Australia have played under Arnold and says the team's threat going forward is one of the most exciting changes he's witnessed.

Since Arnold took the reins after last year's World Cup, the Socceroos have scored 19 goals in those seven matches -- including 5-0 and 4-0 friendly wins over Oman and Kuwait.

"Since Arnie's come in we've...

Asian Cup: Vietnam win on penalties, China come back, Iran cruise into quarters

Vietnam players celebrate their penalty shootout win over Jordan in the Asian Cup.
Vietnam will meet Japan or Saudi Arabia after beating Jordan.

Vietnam's young guns beat Jordan 4-2 on penalties to reach the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup after the match finished 1-1 following extra time at the Al Maktoum Stadium.

Jordan's Baha Seif hit the bar and Vietnam goalkeeper Dang Van Lam saved Ahmad Saleh's effort in the shootout to leave substitute Bui Tien Dung to convert his spot kick and send his side through to a meeting with Japan or Saudi Arabia on Thursday.

The match had finished deadlocked after 120 minutes with Jordan's Baha Abdelrahman...

Australia's Matthew Leckie training at Asian Cup 'like buying a new player' - Sainsbury

Tom Rogic's injury-time winner over Syria confirmed Australia's place in the Asia Cup knockout rounds.

Mathew Leckie is back in full training and his impending return of is set to deliver a massive boost to Australia's Asian Cup campaign.

Leckie has missed all of the Socceroos build-up and matches in the UAE due to a hamstring injury suffered in December before the tournament while playing in Germany for Hertha Berlin.

The 27-year-old however completed his first full session with the Socceroos in Al Ain on Friday ahead of Monday's round-of-16 clash with Uzbekistan.

The emergence of youngsters Chris...

Asian Cup: Qatar down Saudi Arabia to win Group E; Japan through to knockouts

Qatar's Almoez Ali took his tally to seven goals in three games at the Asian Cup, netting twice in a 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia on Thursday to ensure Felix Sanchez's side advanced to the last 16 as Group E winners.

Ali scored a goal in each half to see off the Saudis, after Qatar captain Hassan Al Haydos had missed a penalty three minutes before half-time.

Al Duhail forward Ali capitalised on hesitation in the Saudi defence to beat the offside trap and slot the ball past Mohammed Al Owais in first-half...