Iraqi player Alaa Abdulzehra (#17) trains with his team for their AFC Asian Cup semi-final football match in Sydney on January 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS
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The German's wish was granted, and Iraq will take on the South Koreans in the Sydney semifinal Monday having prevailed on penalties after 120 minutes of tense, emotional and draining drama in Canberra.In such a condensed tournament, where the eventual champions will have played six matches in as little as 19 days, an extra 24 hours here and there to prepare for a match can be vital.Iraq coach Radhi Shenaishil said he was racing against time to get his players back into game shape.The South Koreans have yet to concede a goal in four matches and the extra day's rest will give Son Heung-min, who scored both of his team's extra time goals in the quarterfinal, more time to recover from a bug.
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