2011 AFC Asian Cup Final

The 2011 AFC Asian Cup Final was a football match that took place on 29 January 2011 at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, to determine the winner of the 2011 AFC Asian Cup. The match was won by Japan, defeating Australia 1–0 after extra time through a goal scored by Tadanari Lee.[2] Japan thus qualified for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup as the representative from AFC.[3][4]

2011 AFC Asian Cup Final
Khalifa Stadium, Doha, Brazil vs Argentina (2010).jpg
Event2011 AFC Asian Cup
After extra time
Date29 January 2011
VenueKhalifa International Stadium, Doha
Man of the MatchEiji Kawashima (Japan)
RefereeRavshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Attendance37,174
WeatherClear
19.0 °C (66.2 °F)
78% humidity[1]
2007
2015

The tournament's closing ceremony was held immediately before kickoff. 37,174 people attended the match, although several thousand supporters with tickets were prohibited from entering the stadium after entry was closed 30 minutes before the match commenced.[5][6][7]

A television viewing audience of 484 million in 80 countries across the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, North America and North Africa witnessed Japan defeat Australia 1–0 in the final.[8]

BackgroundEdit

The final was played between Japan and Australia. Japan, coached by Italian Alberto Zaccheroni, qualified for the final after defeating tournament host Qatar in the quarter-final and South Korea after a penalty shoot-out in the semi-final.[9] Australia, also led by a foreign coach (German Holger Osieck), opened the tournament with a 4–0 win over India on their way to winning their group, before defeating Iraq in the quarter-final, and thrashing Uzbekistan 6–0 in the semi-final.[10] For Australia, victory would bring its first ever title in an Asian tournament, having won three Oceania titles.[11] The match marked a record for Australia's goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, becoming the country's most capped player with his 88th appearance.[12] Shinji Kagawa missed the match due to injury.

Route to the finalEdit

Australia Round Japan
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
  India 4–0 Match 1   Jordan 1–1
  South Korea 1–1 Match 2   Syria 2–1
  Bahrain 1–0 Match 3   Saudi Arabia 5–0
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Australia 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7
  South Korea 3 2 1 0 7 3 +4 7
  Bahrain 3 1 0 2 6 5 +1 3
  India 3 0 0 3 3 13 −10 0
Final standing
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Japan 3 2 1 0 8 2 +6 7
  Jordan 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7
  Syria 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3
  Saudi Arabia 3 0 0 3 1 8 −7 0
Opponent Result Knockout stage Opponent Result
  Iraq 1–0 (a.e.t.) Quarterfinals   Qatar 3–2
  Uzbekistan 6–0 Semifinals   South Korea 2–2 (a.e.t.) (3–0 pen.)

Match detailsEdit

Australia dominated the first half of the match, and had chances to score through their forwards Tim Cahill and Harry Kewell. Japan had a scare shortly after half-time when a cross from Luke Wilkshire was misjudged by Japan's goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima and hit the crossbar, only for Cahill's shot to be cleared off the goal-line. Japan, however, had chances on the counter-attack including a wasted opportunity for Shinji Okazaki halfway through the second half, missing a header on goal while he was unmarked. The deadlock remained unbroken until the 20th minute of extra time, when Japan substitute Tadanari Lee scored off a cross from Yuto Nagatomo. Japan held its lead until the end of extra time to win the final.[13]

After the match, Keisuke Honda was named the "most valuable player" of the tournament.[12] Both managers praised their players after the match; Osieck expressed disappointment that Australia could not convert numerous opportunities to score, while Zaccheroni called Japan's win a "great victory" and hailed Lee's impact as a substitute.[14]

Australia  0 – 1 (a.e.t.)  Japan
Report Tadanari Lee   109'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Japan
GK 1 Mark Schwarzer
RB 8 Luke Wilkshire
CB 2 Lucas Neill (c)
CB 6 Saša Ognenovski
LB 3 David Carney
RM 14 Brett Holman   39'   65'
CM 15 Mile Jedinak
CM 16 Carl Valeri   16'
LM 17 Matt McKay   112'
SS 10 Harry Kewell   103'
CF 4 Tim Cahill   109'
Substitutions:
GK 12 Nathan Coe
GK 18 Brad Jones
MF 7 Brett Emerton   65'
FW 9 Scott McDonald
FW 11 Nathan Burns
DF 13 Jade North
MF 19 Tommy Oar
DF 20 Matthew Spiranovic
DF 21 Jon McKain
MF 22 Neil Kilkenny   109'
FW 23 Robbie Kruse   103'
Manager:
  Holger Osieck
Mark SchwarzerSaša OgnenovskiDavid CarneyLuke WilkshireLucas NeillMile JedinakCarl ValeriBrett HolmanMatt McKayHarry KewellTim CahillJungo FujimotoRyoichi MaedaKeisuke HondaShinji OkazakiMakoto HasebeYasuhito EndōYuto NagatomoAtsuto UchidaYasuyuki KonnoMaya YoshidaEiji Kawashima 
GK 1 Eiji Kawashima
RB 6 Atsuto Uchida   120'
CB 22 Maya Yoshida
CB 4 Yasuyuki Konno
LB 5 Yuto Nagatomo
CM 7 Yasuhito Endō
CM 17 Makoto Hasebe (c)
AM 18 Keisuke Honda
RW 9 Shinji Okazaki
LW 14 Jungo Fujimoto   56'
CF 11 Ryoichi Maeda   98'
Substitutions:
GK 21 Shusaku Nishikawa
GK 23 Shuichi Gonda
DF 2 Masahiko Inoha   120'
DF 3 Daiki Iwamasa   56'
DF 12 Ryota Moriwaki
MF 13 Hajime Hosogai
MF 15 Takuya Honda
MF 16 Yosuke Kashiwagi
DF 20 Mitsuru Nagata
FW 19 Tadanari Lee   98'
Manager:
  Alberto Zaccheroni

Man of the Match:
Eiji Kawashima (Japan)

Assistant referees:
Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan)
Rafael Ilyasov (Uzbekistan)
Fourth official:
Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh (Malaysia)


ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "Australia 0-1 Japan (AET)". goal.com. 29 January 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Australia 0-1 Japan (AET". Daily Telegraph. 29 January 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  5. ^ Casey, Michael (29 January 2011). "Thousands of ticket-holders miss out on Asian Cup final after gates are closed before kickoff". The Canadian Press. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  6. ^ "Japan wins Asian Cup with 1-0 over Australia". Associated Press. 29 January 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  7. ^ "Asian Cup blames royals' attendance". ESPN. 29 January 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
  8. ^ "Asian Cup final 'rematch' kick-off time set". Asian Football Confederation. 23 April 2012. Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  9. ^ Paraskevas, Chris. "Asian Cup 2011: Japan's Path To The Final". goal.com. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  10. ^ Paraskevas, Chris (29 January 2011). "Asian Cup 2011: Australia's Path To The Final". goal.com. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  11. ^ O'Brien, Bren (28 January 2011). "Preview: Socceroos v Japan". Sportal. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  12. ^ a b "Asian Cup dream ends in heartbreak". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 30 January 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  13. ^ Lynch, Michael (30 January 2011). "Socceroos suffer extra-time heartbreak". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  14. ^ "Heartbroken Socceroos 'proud, disappointed'". ABC News. 29 January 2011. Archived from the original on 14 February 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2011.

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