Asian Cup: Defending champions Japan sent packing after q-final loss to UAE on penalties

Japan's Yoshinori Muto (bottom) in action against Mohamed Ahmed (right) of the UAE during the AFC Asian Cup 2015 quarter final soccer match between Japan and the United Arab Emirates at Stadium Australia in Sydney, Australia on Jan 23, 2015. -- PHOTO
Japan's Yoshinori Muto (bottom) in action against Mohamed Ahmed (right) of the UAE during the AFC Asian Cup 2015 quarter final soccer match between Japan and the United Arab Emirates at Stadium Australia in Sydney, Australia on Jan 23, 2015. -- PHOTO: EPA

SYDNEY (AFP) - The United Arab Emirates stunned Japan 5-4 on penalties to reach the Asian Cup semi-finals after the teams were locked at 1-1 after extra time on Friday.

Ismail Ahmed struck the winner after Shinji Kagawa's effort hit the post.

Gaku Shibasaki had earlier scored in the 81st minute to cancel out Ali Mabkhout's opener and force extra time.