• Vietnam earn shootout win over Jordan
  • China PR come from behind to see off Thailand
  • IR Iran survive early scare and remove Oman

The primary day of knockout motion within the AFC Asian Cup was determined by those that held their nerve from 12 yards as spot-kicks have been key in a trio of encounters.

Vietnam survived a penalty shootout to turn out to be the primary facet into the quarter-finals, with China PR and IR Iran swiftly following them because of efforts from the spot going their approach, too.

FIFA.com seems to be again over the day’s motion in United Arab Emirates because the match turns into do or die for all concerned.

Jordan 1-1 Vietnam (2-Four PSO)

Rashid Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai

Vietnam’s match to recollect continued as they booked their last-eight spot because of a nail-biting shootout triumph in opposition to Jordan. It was the Center Jap facet who have been on prime within the opening interval although. That they had already threatened earlier than Baha’a Abdulrahman rattled in a thumping free-kick with half-time looming, choosing out the highest nook beautifully.

Park Hangseo’s facet returned reinvigorated and took no time in any respect in levelling issues after the break, with Nguyen Cong Phuong assembly Nguyen Trong Hoang’s cross to energy dwelling the equaliser. One other hour of motion noticed neither facet provide you with a winner and it was left to Bui Tien Dung to lash the essential penalty into the underside nook.

Thailand 1-2 China PR
Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain

A second-half double for China noticed them come from behind to bag their spot within the final eight. Thailand land the primary blow on the half-hour mark when a pointy swivel from Supachai Jaided allowed him to fireplace the Conflict Elephants in entrance, however persistence from Marcelo Lippi’s facet ensured they weren’t going to be heading dwelling simply but.

First it was Xiao Zhi who, following up on his highly effective header, managed to stab China again on phrases with simply over 20 minutes to go. However it took simply 4 for them to seek out the all-important winner, thanks largely to some reckless defending from Chalermpong Kerdkaew. He introduced down Gao Lin within the space who duly dusted himself off and fired excessive into the highest nook to ship them by.

IR Iran 2-Zero Oman
Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

All of it may have been so completely different for Oman. Having gained a penalty inside a minute they might have had the proper begin, however a sensational fingertip save by Ali Beiranvand denied captain Ahmed Al Mahajiri. Iran didn’t waste that stroke of excellent fortune.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh pounced on some informal defending to toe Workforce Melli forward, earlier than Ashkan Dejagah didn’t make the identical mistake as his reverse quantity, with the skipper doubling their benefit from the spot earlier than the break. Sardar Azmoun and Mehdi Taremi ought to have put the sport to mattress on a number of events within the second interval, however they weren’t made to pay for his or her profligacy as Asia’s top-ranked facet cruised into the quarters, the place they’ll meet China.


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