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7/22/07

Soccer: Iran exits Asian Cup after loss to South Korea

Tehran, July 22, IRNA - Keeper Lee Woon-Jae saved two penalty kicks to help South Korea beat three-time champion Iran in the shootouts 4-2 at the 14th Asian Cup quarterfinal in Bukit Jalil National Stadium in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur Sunday.

The 34-year-old goalie denied Iran skipper Mehdi Mahdavikia and striker Rassoul Khatibi, but his Iranian opposite number Vahid Taleblou, who was fielded one minute from second extra-time to replace Hassan Roudbarian, blocked one.

The 34-year-old goalie denied Iran skipper Mehdi Mahdavikia and striker Rassoul Khatibi, but his Iranian opposite number Vahid Taleblou, who was fielded one minute from second extra-time to replace Hassan Roudbarian, blocked one. The two sides struggled to a nil-nil draw in the drizzling rain in the 120 minutes.

The 34-year-old goalie denied Iran skipper Mehdi Mahdavikia and striker Rassoul Khatibi, but his Iranian opposite number Vahid Taleblou, who was fielded one minute from second extra-time to replace Hassan Roudbarian, blocked one. Iran possessed the ball and field in the first half and almost took the lead when international playmaker Ali Karimi had only Lee to beat, but his left drive was bounced back by the advancing goalie on the edge of the box three minutes from the interval.

The 34-year-old goalie denied Iran skipper Mehdi Mahdavikia and striker Rassoul Khatibi, but his Iranian opposite number Vahid Taleblou, who was fielded one minute from second extra-time to replace Hassan Roudbarian, blocked one. Korea played a smoother football after the break, eyeing counterattacks.

The 34-year-old goalie denied Iran skipper Mehdi Mahdavikia and striker Rassoul Khatibi, but his Iranian opposite number Vahid Taleblou, who was fielded one minute from second extra-time to replace Hassan Roudbarian, blocked one. One minute from first extra-time, Karimi conjured a pass after clearing Korean markers for Osasuna signing Javad Nekounam, whose low kick went inches from the right post.

The 34-year-old goalie denied Iran skipper Mehdi Mahdavikia and striker Rassoul Khatibi, but his Iranian opposite number Vahid Taleblou, who was fielded one minute from second extra-time to replace Hassan Roudbarian, blocked one. It was the consecutive time the three-time champion Iran met South Korea in the quarterfinal.

The 34-year-old goalie denied Iran skipper Mehdi Mahdavikia and striker Rassoul Khatibi, but his Iranian opposite number Vahid Taleblou, who was fielded one minute from second extra-time to replace Hassan Roudbarian, blocked one. Iran won 4-3 in the 2004 quarterfinal, lost 2-1 after extra-time in 2000 and thumped the Koreans 6-2 in 1996.

It was the second quarterfinal at the 14th edition that shootouts decided the winner.

Japan sent Australia packing 4-3 on penalties in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi Saturday.

Holder Nippon and the Aussies fought to a 1-1 stalemate in the 120 minute marathon.

The 34-year-old goalie denied Iran skipper Mehdi Mahdavikia and striker Rassoul Khatibi, but his Iranian opposite number Vahid Taleblou, who was fielded one minute from second extra-time to replace Hassan Roudbarian, blocked one. South Korea is scheduled to take on Iraq in the semifinal in Kuala Lumpur Wednesday and Japan will play the winner of the underway Saudi Arabia-Uzbekistan quarterfinal.

Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia will play host to the final on July 29.

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