23 Jan '11, 11pm

Socceroos, Koreans leave it late to book semi-final spots: DOHA - They were favoured to make the last four, alth...

DOHA - They were favoured to make the last four, although many predicted tough quarter-final match-ups for both of them. Sure enough, Australia and South Korea were made to sweat in the last eight of the 2011 Asian Cup finals but, in the end, strikes in extra-time ensured they made it through to the semi-finals. A last-gasp header from Harry Kewell sent Australia past defending champions Iraq, while the Koreans edged closer to a third title with a gritty win over Iran (yesterday morning, Singapore time). Australia, playing only their second Asian Cup after switching from the Oceania federation, only narrowly avoided the lottery of penalties when Matt McKay's pinpoint long cross with three minutes to go in extra time found an onrushing Kewell between two defenders and the former Leeds and Liverpool star headed home from close range. South Korea also left it late, with subst...

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