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Asian Cup wrap: Iran cruises, Kyrgyzstan own goal for the ages

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Iran’s midfielder Ashkan Dejagah, left, celebrates with his teammate Iran’s defender Ramin Rezaeian after scoring his side’s second goal during the AFC Asian Cup group D soccer match between Iran and Yemen at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)


There were no big upsets Monday at the Asian Cup, one day after Jordan stunned reigning champions Australia.

Least shocking was Iran clobbering Yemen. The 5-0 win was started by Mehdi Taremi, who scored twice on the day, with Ashkan Dejagah, Sardar Azmoun, and Saman Ghoddos.

South Korea came the closest to getting surprised, beating the Philippines 1-0 without captain Heung-min Son of Spurs.

Hwang Ui-jo, 26, was South Korea’s goal scorer in the win.

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The other Group C match saw China score an expected win over Kyrgyzstan after taking a stunning 1-0 deficit into halftime.

Former Benfica property Yu Dabao scored the winner, but the Kyrgyzstan own goal was... special.

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