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UAE reaches Asian Games football final for the first time

Team will face Japan after knocking out South Korea with a last minute goal

UAE reaches Asian Games football final for the first time
The UAE football team beat South Korea 1-0. (AFP/Getty Images)

The UAE will face Japan in the Asian Games football final after the Gulf side knocked out South Korea with a goal during the last minute of the game.

UAE Centre-forward Ahmed Al Abry scored the winner after a scuffle between players from both teams, AFP reports. He managed to slip it past substitute goalkeeper Lee Bum-Young who was brought on when it looked like the game was heading for penalties.

The UAE have never appeared in an Asian Games final before, and will have to defeat Japan, who managed to beat four-time champions Iran 2-1, if they want to lift the trophy.

The team’s coach Mahdi Redha told the news agency it was his ambition to qualify for the Olympics in 2012.

"At our first press conference here I said our goals at this Asian Games were to prepare for the Olympic qualifiers and try our best for a medal. Now here we are and I'm delighted with our team's performance," Redha was quoted as saying.

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