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Australia emerges as victors of Asian Cup with extra-time win

Australia emerges as victors of Asian Cup with extra-time win

January 31, 2015

SYDNEY, Jan 31 — The 120 minutes it took Australia to beat South Korea in today’s Asian Cup final were the culmination of an ambitious 10-year plan to gain the respect of the footballing world. A decade ago, Australia were marooned in Oceania, the biggest fish in world football’s smallest pond, but had much grander aspirations. The game was struggling for recognition in Australia, where success in sport is taken for granted, partly because the Socceroos hadn’t qualified for the... Read more

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Australia’s players celebrate with the Asian Cup trophy after winning their final match against South Korea at the Stadium Australia in Sydney, January 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

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