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Asian Cup roundup: Ghoochanejhad’s late header seals group for Iran (video)


Reza Ghoochannejhad of Iran celebrates with team mate Soroush Rafiei after Ghoochannejhad scored against the United Arab Emirates during their Group C football match at the AFC Asian Cup in Brisbane on January 19, 2015. AFP PHOTO / John PRYKE --- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERICAL USE -- (Photo credit should read JOHN PRYKE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Three quarters of the groups are finished in Australia after Monday’s Group C finales, though we the only question leading into this particular set of matches was who would win the group and who whether Qatar or Bahrain would snare all three points after picking up nothing through two matches.

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Iran 1-0 United Arab Emirates

Seventy-second minute substitute Reza Ghoochanejhad scored in the first minute of stoppage time to ensure Iran’s status as the only unbeaten squad in Group C.

A draw would’ve done the trick for UAW, but alas...

UAE gets the winner of Group D, likely Japan, while either Jordan or Iraq will get Iran.

Qatar 1-2 Bahrain

Sayed Saeed had Bahrain up 1-0 at halftime, and Hassan Al Haidos sent the stage for a fun final 22 minutes with his 68th minute equalizer.

Sayed Ahmed netted in the 82nd minute to give Al-Ahmar the big win.

Tuesday’s games

Japan vs. Jordan

Iraq vs. Palestine

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