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Asia’s fine showing wins respect at the World Cup

The world’s largest continent has long looked like a geographical space filler at the men’s World Cup. Not anymore, as Japan, South Korea and even Saudi Arabia have won Asia new respect through their stellar performances in Qatar. Here’s a look at their exploits, China’s absence and the surprises and controversies that have surrounded this Cup.  

South Korea's Paik Seung-ho celebrates scoring their first goal against Brazil, on Dec 5. PHOTO: REUTERS
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For so many wonderful days in Qatar it’s the word he and his tribe in the stands were howling at their team. Now, back home in Japan, he sends it more quietly via text.

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