UAE's Ismail Ahmed (R) scores the match winning penalty past Japan's goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima during the penalty shoot out in their Asian Cup quarter-final soccer match at the Stadium Australia in Sydney January 23, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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United Arab Emirates produced one of the greatest Asian Cup upsets to send champions Japan tumbling out of the tournament 5-4 on penalties after extra time failed to break a 1-1 deadlock in their quarterfinal Friday.It was the first time Japan had been knocked out before the last four since 1996, which was also the last time UAE reached the semifinals before going on to lose the final as hosts.Japan had not won the Asian Cup four times in the last six tournaments by panicking, though, and they continued to press forward after the goal with the neat inter-passing game that won them three from three in the group stage.The UAE goal was under almost permanent siege but a combination of stout defending and misfiring Japan forwards kept the underdogs ahead until Shibasaki finally lashed the ball into the net from the edge of the area after a one-two with Keisuke Honda.
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