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AFC Asia Cup Final: Japan v Australia

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Post by Pal Joey Sat 29 Jan 2011, 1:41 pm

The 15th Asian Cup kicks off at 15:00 BST

A contrast in styles will be on show when the technically potent Blue Samurai meet the more physical and opportunistic Australian side in Doha, Qatar.

Japan will be aiming for their 4th AFC Asian Cup title, whilst for the Aussies this will be their first AFC Final appearance.

Japan:
Probable starting XI: (4-2-3-1) Kawashima; Uchida, Konno, Yoshida, Nagatomo; Endo, Hasebe; Okazaki, Honda, Fujimoto; Maeda

- very self assured and confident, lots of flair and individual technique, speed on and off the ball.

Australia:
Probable starting XI: (4-2-3-1) Schwarzer; Wilkshire, Ognenovski, Neill, Carney; Valeri, Jedinak; Holman, Cahill, McKay; Kewell

- more attacking minded under new coach Osieck, flexible and adaptable midfield, aerial power, mix of youth and experience.

Head to Head it's Australia 7-5 with 3 draws, 27 goals to 20. Last met in Melbourne where Australia won 2-1.

Who do you go for ... or who do you think will win?
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Post by Pal Joey Tue 01 Feb 2011, 2:05 pm

A 109 minute stunner from Lee (Korean origin) sealed Japan's 1:0 victory over Australia.

If it wasn't such a cracker of a goal I'd be shattered. It's a pity no one was marking him.

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