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Wednesday, May 16, 2001, updated at 10:06(GMT+8)

Asian Cup 2000
Japan march into Asian Cup final with victory over China
Japan Clinched Asian Champion

As expected, Japan prevented Saudi Arabia from scoring a Asian 4th cup record, and clinched a well earned Asian championship - Lebanon 2000 title, after beating in the final, Saudi Arabia 1-0 in a fully crowded Beirut Sports City stadium.

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Japan Clinched Asian Champion
As expected, Japan prevented Saudi Arabia from scoring a Asian 4th cup record, and clinched a well earned Asian championship - Lebanon 2000 title, after beating in the final, Saudi Arabia 1-0 in a fully crowded Beirut Sports City stadium.

South Korea Beat China 1-0 in Asian Cup
South Korea beat China 1-0 to win the bronze medal game of the Asian Cup soccer championship Sunday in Beirut.

Japan Marches into Asian Cup Final with Victory over China
Favourites Japan came from behind to advance to the final of the Asian Cup in Beirut Thursday with a 3-2 victory over China.

Chinese Aplomb
China's coach, Bora Milutinovic, is forging ahead with preparations for the semifinals without any worries over meeting Japan. He is not giving the game against Japan more than its due, nor does he have any surprises in store. But at the same time he cannot promise to bring home the Cup or reveal the line-up that will face off Japan. As for his opinion about top-scorer Japanese Naohiro Takahara, Milutinovic's only comment was: Who is he? I don't know him.

China Ready for Arch-rival Japan
China will meet his arch-rival Japan in the semi-finals at 00:45 October 27 after Japanese team beat Iraq 4-1 in the quarter-final held at the Beirut Sport Center October 24.

Easy Qualification for China
China didn't leave much room for the Qataris to change their record in this Asian cup; Qualified to the second round without any win, Qatar was thrown out of the competition from the Chinese team, easy winner of their encounter, 3-1 in the 2nd quarter final of the Asian Nations Championship in Sidon Olympic stadium and under heavy rain.

Chinese Celebrate Victory with a Dip
China's national football team took a dip in Tripoli's coast yesterday evening after it's victory over Qatar.

Japan, Saudi Book Final Berths in Semi-finals
Hot-headed Japan and defending champions Saudi Arabia Tuesday went through into the semi-finals of the Asian Cup soccer tournament here as three places of the last four were occupied by teams from the East Asia.

Lee's Golden Goal Gives South Korea Dramatic Win
Top striker Lee Dong Gook Monday scored his fourth goals and golden goal in a sudden-death extra time to send South Korea through to the semi-finals with a dramatic 2-1 win over Iran in Tripoli, Lebanon.

ID Basketball to Conclude on Tuesday
The first Paralympic Games ID Basketball tournament comes to a close at Dome on Tuesday with all eight placegetters - including the gold, silver and bronze medals - being decided.

Asian Football in 21st Century
Asian Football should be run like a business, with full-fledged professional players, greater emphasis on youth championships and better cooperation with sponsors, according to the secretary-general of the Asian Football Confederation.

A Clean Sweep
With 13 goals in 3 matches, and 100% clean record, Japan proved to be more than one of the contenders for the Asian cup - Lebanon 2000; Qatar, with a high spirited display were the exception for the Japanese domination, as they were able to draw with the mighty Nippon 1-1 tonight at Beirut Sports City.

China Tie with Kuwait to Advance
China tied with Kuwait 0-0 and both went through to the quarter-finals, along with South Korea, who defeated Indonesia 3-0 on Thursday in first-round group B actions in the Asian Cup.

China Heads Group B
China took the lead of the Asian Championship group B despite being held to goalless draw by Kuwait at Tripoli Olympic stadium; Kuwait claimed the 2nd spot of the same group.

Japanese Took a Easy Win
Japan, after their impressive 4-1 victory over Saudi Arabia, produced a stunning demolition of Uzbekistan in their second Group B match in Saida beating the 1994 Asian Games gold medallists 8-1 Tuesday.

China Tops Group B
A three-goal blast in the opening minutes was enough to help China to a comfortable 4-0 win and all three points in their Group B clash with Indonesia.

Kuwait Surprise South Korea, China Rout Indonesia
The underdogs Kuwait produced the first upset of the Asian Cup as they surprised South Korea 1-0 on Monday with Bashar Abdallah's first-half goal.

Chinese Soccer Team to Take on ROK in Asian Cup
The 12th Asian Cup Soccer Tournament started off in Lebanon Thursday. The Chinese team will first play with its old opponent ROK team at Beijing time 22:05 on October 13.

Saudi Arab, Japan Lead Duels in Asian Cup
Saudi Arab make their mind to keep the Asian Cup trophy in the West Asia, but the defending champions are facing big challenges from Japan and other East Asian opponents.

Asian Cup to Go Ahead Despite Middle East Tension
Asia's top soccer competition, Asian Cup 2000, will go ahead as scheduled in Lebanon despite rising tensions in the Middle East, organisers said on Tuesday in Beirut.

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