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Japan lifts Asian Cup with 1-0 win over Australia

 A tense moment at the Japan goal as the Australians claimed that the ball had gone past the goal line during the final of the AFC Asian Cup soccer ma...
 Japan's Tandari Lee, left, celebrates scoring the winning goal against Australia with teammates during the AFC Asian Cup final soccer match in Doha, ...
 Qatar's Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, right, and FIFA president Sepp Blatter attend the AFC Asian Cup final soccer match between Japa...
 Japan's Tandari Lee, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring against Australia during the AFC Asian Cup final soccer match in Doha, Qatar, Satu...
 Japan's Tandari Lee celebrates scoring during the AFC Asian Cup final soccer match between Australia and Japan at Khalifa Stadium, in Doha, Qatar, Sa...
 Japan's Tandari Lee, front right, celebrates scoring the winning goal against Australia with teammates during the AFC Asian Cup final soccer match at...
 Japan's Tandari Lee celebrates scoring against Australia in the AFC Asian Cup final soccer match at Khalifa Stadium, in Doha, Qatar, Saturday Jan. 29...

Qatar Japan Australia Asian Cup Soccer

A tense moment at the Japan goal as the Australians claimed that the ball had gone past the goal line during the final of the AFC Asian Cup soccer ma...

Qatar Japan Australia Asian Cup Soccer

Japan's Tandari Lee, left, celebrates scoring the winning goal against Australia with teammates during the AFC Asian Cup final soccer match in Doha, ...

Qatar Japan Australia Asian Cup Soccer

Qatar's Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, right, and FIFA president Sepp Blatter attend the AFC Asian Cup final soccer match between Japa...

Qatar Japan Australia Asian Cup Soccer

Japan's Tandari Lee, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring against Australia during the AFC Asian Cup final soccer match in Doha, Qatar, Satu...

Qatar Australia Japan Asian Cup Soccer

Japan's Tandari Lee celebrates scoring during the AFC Asian Cup final soccer match between Australia and Japan at Khalifa Stadium, in Doha, Qatar, Sa...

Qatar Australia Japan Asian Cup Soccer

Japan's Tandari Lee, front right, celebrates scoring the winning goal against Australia with teammates during the AFC Asian Cup final soccer match at...

APTOPIX Qatar Australia Japan Asian Cup Soccer

Japan's Tandari Lee celebrates scoring against Australia in the AFC Asian Cup final soccer match at Khalifa Stadium, in Doha, Qatar, Saturday Jan. 29...

Japan won the Asian Cup for a record fourth time when substitute striker Tadanari Lee struck in extra time for a 1-0 victory over Australia on Saturday.
Lee slammed home a left-foot volley in the 109th when he was left completely unmarked 10 meters (yards) from Australia's goal. Lee had all the time in the world to perfectly time his volley from a cross by defender Yuto Nagatoma and fire it past Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.
Lee then ran to the centre circle and fired a symbolic arrow into the night sky over the Khalifa stadium as a row of small fireworks exploded across the structure arch to celebrate the goal.
Australia was in its first final since switching from Oceania to Asia in 2006 and also lost to Japan in the quarterfinals on penalties four years ago. It will now have the chance to go for the title when it hosts the tournament in 2015.
Both teams had their chances in regulation time but the Socceroos could have clinched it in the first extra period.
Harry Kewell pushed the ball to substitute Brett Emerton in the 102nd, but he drove his left-footed shot wide to waste the best chance any team had in extra time until Robbie Kruse's header was dug out by Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima in the 104th.
Matt McKay had another effort sail high late in the first period of extra time.
The defeat meant no major trophy for Kewell and Tim Cahill, Australia's best known stars, who were both substituted and saw Japan's triumph from the bench.
Japan allowed Australia more chances in the first half, but Italian coach Alberto Zaccheroni's team had better opportunities when it started applying more pressure midway through the second half.
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Lineups:
Australia: Mark Schwarzer; Lucas Neill, David Carney, Sasa Ognenovski, Luke Wilkshire, Harry Kewell (Robbie Kruse, 103), Brett Holman (Brett Emerton, 65), Carl Valeri, Matt McKay, Mile Jedinak, Tim Cahill (Neil Kilkenny, 109).
Japan: Eiji Kawashima; Yasuyuki Konno, Yuto Nagatomo, Atsuto Uchida (Masahiko Inoha, 120), Maya Yoshida, Yasuhito Endo, Jungo Fujimoto (Daiki Iwamasa, 56), Makoto Hasebe, Kaisuke Honda, Shinki Okazaki, Ryoichi Maeda (Tadanari Lee, 98).


Updated : 2021-06-20 11:32 GMT+08:00