UAE claimed third place at an Asian Cup for the first time in their history, notching a 3-2 victory over a 10-man Iraq side on Friday night.
Here are three points from the game in Newcastle:
1. Plenty to play for
It may be known as the game that nobody wants to play in. But there was no telling that to those representing Iraq and UAE as they vied for third spot.
After a rather dour opening 10 minutes, the competitiveness and natural flair of both sides came out in what was a thoroughly entertaining...
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) have taken the third place in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup after beating Iraq 3-2 in Friday's third place match in Newcastle.
The UAE were defeated 2-0 by host nation Australia in Tuesday's semifinal after 2007 winners went down by an identical margin to two-time winners South Korea on Monday. Australia and South Korea will face each other in Saturday's final in Sydney.
After a quiet start, the game came alive in the 16th minute when playmaker Omar Abdulrahman unerringly...