AFC Cup Final

Saudi Arabia FINAL


Two giant of Asian football, Japan and South Korea are out of the AFC 2007 Asian Cup. Defending champion Japan lost to Saudi Arabia (2-3) where else South Korea lost on penalty kicks to Iraq (3-4). It was disappointing to see Japan and Korea not in the final. I was expecting either team will qualify.

Malek Maaz helped end Japan hopes of a hat-trick of AFC Asian Cups with the livewire striker bagging a double as Saudi Arabia defeated the defending champions 3-2 in a see-saw semi-final at the My Dinh Stadium on Wednesday.

Korea's coach Pim Verbeek admitted that his players may not have been good enough on heart-breaking penalty shootout defeat to Iraq in the semi-finals of the AFC Asian Cup. I hope the coming AFC 2007 cup final will be an interesting one.

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