Japan and Australia qualified to the next stage, but they will need to rise their playing level if they want to be title contenders. Kyrgyzstan played well and almost shocked the host nation, UAE.
South Korea defeated China and finished at the top of Group C. Now they can concentrate on their mission, winning their first continental trophy since 1960, as Son Heung-Min joined them right on time.
Australia lost their first match, won the second and didn’t qualify yet to the next stage. China and South Korea won twice and qualified. So how is it possible that Australia can be calm and the two others can’t?
Kyrgyzstan and The Philippines made their debut matches in the Asian Cup and proved that there is nothing to worry about from an expanded tournament.
They have won 5 out of the last 7 tournaments, they are on the top of Asian football and you can even find some rising teams. This is the Eastern Asia team-by-team preview for the Asian Cup.