UAE's Ismail Ahmed (C) celebrates his match winning penalty kick with team mates during their penalty shoot out in their Asian Cup quarter-final soccer match against Japan at the Stadium Australia in Sydney January 23, 2015. REUTERS/Steve Christo
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Japan were sent crashing out of the Asian Cup Friday as the United Arab Emirates shocked the defending champions 5-4 on penalties after a pulsating quarter-final.The UAE players, wearing black armbands in honour of the late Saudi monarch, frustrated Japan with their intricate passing in the first half, playmaker Omar Abdulrahman pulling the strings in midfield.Captain Makoto Hasebe and Honda all came close as Japan threw everything at their obdurate opponents, Kagawa again firing wide with the last kick before the referee blew to signal the end of normal time.
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