Japan Wins: celebrates with 5-0 demolition of Saudi Arabia
Japan celebrated their qualification into the quarter finals of the Asian Cup with an emphatic 5-0 win over 2007 finalists Saudi Arabia. The win caps off a miserable campaign for the Saudis who lost every single game and comes as some relief to the Japanese who had to rely on last minute goals in their opening two fixtures to earn a win and a draw. Now Japan look to entertain hosts Qatar in the quarter final in a game that won’t have any dodgy refereeing decisions favouring the home team. Nope, none at all.
Australia Wins: team celebrates finals qualification, still work to be done
Australia celebrated their qualification into the quarter finals of the Asian Cup with a gritty 1-0 defeat of Bahrain, a first half strike from former Mariners player Jedinak was the difference. The game was a hard fought however and the feeling was that the Socceroos were lucky at times that they got away with a clean sheet with a stellar performance from Schwarzer sparing the side any blushes. They certainly don’t quite look like a team worthy of the mantle of being tournament favourites just yet. Manager Holger Osciek knows he has some work to do.
Iraq Wins: fires celebratory gunfire in the air, 4 dead, 17 wounded
This news story actually answered a lifelong query for me about whether people who celebrate things by firing a gun in the air risk showering themselves or the people around them in a rain of bullets. Turns out they do.
Celebratory gunfire erupted across the capital Sunday when Iraq’s soccer team won the Asian Cup, in a 1-0 shutout against three-time champions Saudi Arabia.
Stray bullets killed four people and wounded 17 others in the capital, an official with the Iraqi interior Ministry told CNN.