Japan beat Vietnam 1-0 to reach Asian Cup semi final

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Japan and Iran became the first two teams to advance to the Asian Cup semifinals on Thursday.

Four-time champion Japan eliminated Vietnam 1-0 in their quarterfinal before three-time winner Iran cruised past China 3-0.

The two unbeaten winners are set to meet in the semis on Monday.

In Dubai, midfielder Ritsu Doan converted a penalty with a low left-foot shot in the 57th minute to give Japan its fifth win in five games, all by a one-goal margin.

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