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Asian Cup Qatar 2011 - 10-man Japan beat hosts Qatar

Doha : Qatar | Jan 21, 2011 at 10:36 AM PST
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Qatar - 22 January 2011

The first quarterfinal tie at the Al Gharafa Stadium on Friday saw 10-man Japan send hosts Qatar out of the Asian Cup 2011. Japan staged a superb comeback to win 3-2 despite having a man sent off with almost 30 minutes remaining.

Qatar made a promising start when they took the lead through Uruguay-born striker Sebastian Soria in the 12th minute. Shinji Kagawa levelled for Japan just before the half hour mark. The second half did not go Japan's way when Maya Yoshida was shown a second yellow card in the 62nd minute, leading to his dismissal.

Fabio Cesar made it 2-1 a minute after that, boosting Qatar's hopes of qualifying for the last four of the competition for the first time. Japan was down but not out. They bounced back in the 70th minute with Shinji Kagawa's second goal and the equalizer.

The 21-year-old, who plays for German league leaders Borussia Dortmund, was also instrumental in Japan's last minute winner. He received the ball just inside the area, turned his marker and though he was brought down by Khaled Muftah, Masahiko Inoha was on hand to stroke the loose ball into the net.

Japan will meet Uzbekistan in the semi-final. Uzbekistan beat a determined Jordan 2-1 in the other quarterfinal match of the night. The other quarterfinal ties pit Australia against Iraq, and Iran face South Korea on Saturday.

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Kenneth Ang is based in Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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