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 By John Duerden

South Korea, Japan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Australia looking to January's Asian Cup

Asia's five teams are all home from Russia, but January's 2019 Asian Cup already looms large on the horizon.

Here's a look at lessons all the AFC nations learned from the 2018 World Cup and what needs to be done in the coming weeks and months.

South Korea

Despite the stunning 2-0 win against Germany, South Korea's World Cup was a disappointment. There were some positives with the Taeguk Warriors, however.

First and foremost, the team have their No. 1 for the Asian Cup and perhaps years to come....


World Cup fan faces in photos

The World Cup has been superb on the pitch but equally as good off it as fans from all over the world congregate, decked in their finest gear, to support their national teams.

Here's a selection of the very best on display in 2018 through the group stages.

This Brazil fan enjoyed the Selecao grabbing a late victory over Costa Rica in their second Group E game.

Iran were a serious outsider's pick to advance from Group B but they gave it their all, narrowly missing out on reaching the...

Iran's Sardar Azmoun announces international retirement after World Cup abuse

Iran striker Sardar Azmoun announced his retirement from international football on Thursday, claiming the insults he received had ruined his mother's health.

Iran were knocked out of the World Cup after a win, a defeat and a draw in their three Group B matches, and Azmoun, their top scorer in qualifying, did not replicate his best form in Russia, where he failed to score a single goal.

"Playing in my national team has been a great honour for me and I will be proud of myself to the end of my days,"...

Portugal have more history than Cristiano Ronaldo - Carlos Queiroz

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has said there is more to Portugal than Cristiano Ronaldo after the Real Madrid decided not to speak to him after the teams' World Cup game on Monday.

Ronaldo had a penalty saved as Portugal were held to a 1-1 draw but advanced to the round of 16 behind Spain in Group B.

Former Portugal coach Queiroz told Publico he was pleased that three players -- Adrien Silva, Bruno Alves and Beto -- had said hello to him after the game but added that he was surprised by the behaviour...

 By Sam Borden

VAR controversy with Ronaldo, World Cup shows system needs tweaking - ex-Prem ref Walton

MOSCOW -- Peter Walton, a former English Premier League referee, thinks Cristiano Ronaldo should have been sent off in Monday's tense World Cup match between Portugal and Iran.

"He cuffed him," Walton said of Ronaldo's elbow into the face of Morteza Pouraliganji late in the group stage game. "It was aggressive and it was a strike to the face and, if I was the man on the field, a strike to the face means he has to go."

Clear enough, right? But here is where it gets a little more complicated. Despite...