Younis Mahmoud headed home his fourth goal of the tournament as Iraq secured a memorable 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium on Sunday to win the AFC Asian Cup.
Three of the four Asian Cup semifinalists will be given byes to the 2011 finals, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Tuesday.
"I don’t agree that we were lucky," said Saudi Arabian coach Helio Dos Anjos after his team defeated Uzbekistan 2-1 in the quarter-final of the Asian Cup in Jakarta.
Uzbekistan coach Rauf Inileyev rued his side’s misfortune as they exited the AFC Asian Cup at the hands of three-time champions Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia coach Helio Dos Anjos insisted his side deserved their 2-1 win against Uzbekistan in this year’s AFC Asian Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.
Uzbekistan coach Rauf Inileyev was left to bemoan his team’s bad luck after a 2-1 quarter-final defeat at the hands of Saudi Arabia.
The winner and the runner-up were lined up on the court for a postmatch picture, holding glass trophy vases and smiling for a photographer, when champion Varvara Lepchenko jumped out of the picture, ran to her equipment bag, and pulled out a small camera. She handed it to runner-up Kelly Liggan’s coach, Bill Belser, who obliged and snapped some souvenirs for the 21-year-old from Uzbekistan.
Saudi Arabia continued to bury the demons of their disappointing AFC Asian Cup showing in China three years ago by progressing to the semi-finals with a 2-1 win over Uzbekistan on Sunday evening.