By MIKE NASTRI
Japan slipped by Qatar 3-2 in the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup behind a Masahiko Inoha game winner.
The Kashima Antlers midfielder jumped on a loose ball in front of net and slotted home the stoppage time winner. Shinji Kagawa added two goals in the effort for the Blue Samurai. The Borussia Dortmund striker now leads Japan in scoring during the Asian Cup with four.
Qatar, despite being ranked 76 spots behind Japan in the FIFA rankings, gave the Japanese all they could handle. The 2022 World Cup host had a one goal lead in the 70th minute, but then gave up the equalizer to Kagawa.
Japan will play the winner of Iran and South Korea on Tuesday.
In other Asian Cup action, Ulughbek Bakaev's brace propelled Uzbekistan past Jordan 2-1 in the quarterfinals. Uzbekistan will play the winner of Australia and Iraq on Tuesday.
Here are a few more stories from around the world of soccer:
ZE ROBERTO TO RED BULLS?
Reports out of Brazil have Ze Roberto coming to the Red Bulls during the summer transfer window. According to the report, the 36-year old midfielder is considering a two-year contract with New York.
Ze Roberto's contract at Hamburg runs out at the end of this season and he would leave for MLS as a free agent.
REPORTS: FRIEDEL FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY
According to multiple reports, Brad Friedel has filed for bankruptcy. The former U.S. keeper reportedly owes close to ten million dollars to RBS Citizens Bank.
The bankruptcy filing is directly related to the "Premier Soccer Academy" in Ohio. Sponsors have dropped the camp, forcing Friedel to file for bankrupty t
The Aston Villa keeper filed for a technical bankruptcy, which can be annulled if a plan for repayment is put in place.
GIGGS TO PLAY ONE MORE
Ryan Giggs confirmed he plans on playing one more season in a Manchester United uniform. A contract is not yet in place between the Welsh international and the Red Devils, but contract discussions are underway.
The left winger made his 600th EPL appearance this past weekend against Spurs. Giggs has been playing year-to-year with United for a few seasons, but his recent form suggests he still has one more year in those 37-year old legs.
SPURS CONSIDER ROSSI BID
Tottenham Hotspur are considering a bid for American-born striker Giuseppe Rossi. Funds have become available to Spurs after being paid the 16.5 million pounds owed to them from Sunderland for Darren Bent.
Rossi has established himself as one of the best in La Liga; scoring 17 goals in 25 games started for Villarreal this season. The Italian international's contract runs out at the end of this season and has received interest from all over Europe.