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'The Corner's' take on the Asian Cup, Turkish corruption and Landon Donovan

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'The Corner's' take on the Asian Cup, Turkish corruption and Landon Donovan


Welcome to ‘The Corner’ our weekly look at the wonderful world of football. We start with the 16 th edition of the Asian Cup held for the first time outside Asia in Australia.

Iran and the United Arab Emirates were playing for fun as both had already qualified for the quarter finals.

Still Iran claimed the bragging rights thanks to a goal by substitute Reza Ghoochannejhad.

Iran 1-0 UAE

Only pride at stake as Bahrain and Qatar met in Group C in a dead rubber.

Bahrain took the lead thanks to Sayed Dhiya as the first half ticked down.

Qatar equalised from a free kick on 68 minutes, enough for a point one thought until a howler from Qatar keeper Qasem Burhan gifted Qatar a goal, he misjudged a cross-cum-shot from Sayed Ahmed, oh dear.

Bahrain 2-1 Qatar

In 2011 the biggest match fixing scandal to hit Turkish football exploded and since then the fans of Trabzonspor have taken to the streets for a weekly protest to call for an end to corruption in Turkish football.

Every week for more than two years a group of dedicated Trabzonspor fans have turned out to demand justice and fairness in Turkish football.

They have taken their protest to Nyon and Zurich and marched in Vatican City, Frankfurt, Vienna, Berlin, Cologne and Brussels.

In 2011 an investigation was launched into match-fixing, intimidation and bribery in the top tiers of Turkish football and the probe established links to organised crime and criminal trials are ongoing.

Some are up and some are down. Let’s look at the candidates who are either basking in glory or languishing in a pit of despair.

Arsenal are a happy brigade of Gunners after beating Champions Man City 2-0 in Manchester.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been awarded Portuguese Coach of the Century, quite an accolade.

Real Sociedad boss David Moyes has been banished to the stands with a two-match touchline ban.

Lets gaze into our crystal football to see what may or may not happen in our three chosen matches from Spain, France and The Netherlands.

You can send us your opinion on social networks use the hashtag #TheCornerScores.

Atletico Madrid 3-0 Rayo Vallecano
Olympique Lyonnais 2-0 Metz
Ajax 1-1 Feyenoord

On this day seven years ago US footballer Landon Donovan.became the national teams all time highest scorer after netting his 35th against Sweden.

Landon Donovan made his US debut in 2000 and has since racked up the records. He already holds the record for the the most assists and just after the break in a friendly against Sweden Donovan converted a penalty to break the goalscoring record of Eric Wynalda. Donovan has since gone on to score 57 for his country.

Football is meant to be entertaining and things don’t always go to plan, result hilarity. Send us your funny pictures using the hashtag #TheCornerBloopers.

That’s it for this week join us next Monday for another edition of ‘The Corner.’

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