Japan 1-1 Jordan
(Japan win 4-3 on penalties)
Holders Japan defeated Jordan in a controversial penalty shoot-out to reach the semi-finals of the Asian Cup.
A protest by Japan resulted in a change of ends, while goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi made two stunning saves to earn his team a semi-final tie against Bahrain on Tuesday.
Japan striker Takayuki Suzuki gave his team a 14th-minute lead after Mahmoud Shelbaieh's header had put his team in front.
Asian Cup semi-finals
Bahrain v Japan 1000 GMT
China v Iran 1300 GMT
The shoot-out exploded into controversy after Japan demanded
a switch of ends after missing their opening two spot-kicks, leaving
Jordan squandered three penalties that would have won them the
match after Malaysian referee Mohd Subkhiddin ordered the change of
Jordan's Egyptian coach Mahmoud El Gohary said the decision had cost his
"We need to have the players full concentration when they are
taking the penalty kicks, but the referee switched the ends and we
lost our concentration," complained El Gohary.
"I have never seen the switch of the goal mouths in the penalty
kicks just because the other side demanded it. We tried to move it
back but they said no."
And Japan coach Zico admitted he was surprised by the referee's decision.
"I've never seen a referee change sides during the penalty
shoot-out, but the referee is the final judge and we should obey his
decision," Zico said.
Asian Football Confederation officials told AFP that damage to
the penalty spot on the disputed side led to the decision to change
South Korea 3-4 Iran
Ali Karimi scored a hat-trick as Iran defeated South Korea to seal a semi-final match against Bahrain in the Asian Cup.
Karimi scored two headers in the first 18 minutes in front of a capacity crowd in Jinan.
He completed his hat-trick with 13 minutes left, slotting in a cross from Mehdi
South Korean defender Park Jin-sul scored a crucial own goal.
Seol Ki-hyeon scored South Korea's first goal after 16 minutes, Lee
Dong-gook grabbed a goal in the 25th, and Kim Nam-il scored
in the 68th.