JFA: Aguirre will not be sacked

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Iraq spot on

2007 champions set up semi-final date with South Korea but Iran coach Queiroz fumes over sending-off

MARATHON SHOOT-OUT: Iraqi players celebrating after beating a Carlos Queiroz -led Iran 7-6 on spot-kicks.
MARATHON SHOOT-OUT: Iraqi players celebrating after beating a Carlos Queiroz (above)-led Iran 7-6 on spot-kicks.
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'We were the better team'

Aguirre rues missed chances as defending champions crash out

ENTHRALLING GAME: UAE players (above) celebrating their first Asian Cup semi-final appearance since 1996, at the expense of defending champions Japan (in blue), after superstars Keisuke Honda (No. 4) and Shinji Kagawa (No. 10) missed their spot-kicks.
ENTHRALLING GAME: UAE players celebrating their first Asian Cup semi-final appearance since 1996, at the expense of defending champions Japan (in blue), after superstars Keisuke Honda (No. 4, above) and Shinji Kagawa (No. 10) missed their spot-kicks.
ENTHRALLING GAME: UAE players celebrating their first Asian Cup semi-final appearance since 1996, at the expense of defending champions Japan (in blue), after superstars Keisuke Honda (No. 4) and Shinji Kagawa (No. 10, above) missed their spot-kicks.
ENTHRALLING GAME: UAE players celebrating their first Asian Cup semi-final appearance since 1996, at the expense of defending champions Japan (in blue), after superstars Keisuke Honda (No. 4) and Shinji Kagawa (No. 10) missed their spot-kicks.
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Man City to play big guns

Pellegrini has no plans to rest star players against high-flying Boro

NOT SERIOUS: Frank Lampard is expected to play despite sustaining an injury in Man City's friendly against Hamburg.
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Schuerrle, Salah staying at Blues

Mourinho says there will be no January moves at Chelsea as he plans to start second-stringers against Bradford

NO GO: Andre Schuerrle and Mohamed Salah (above) are not leaving unless there is a phenomenal offer.
NO GO: Andre Schuerrle (above) and Mohamed Salah are not leaving unless there is a phenomenal offer.
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Gerrard could be rested

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Lennon: I copied Rodgers' style

Bolton boss hopes to turn the 
Trotters into giant-killers like Celtic

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Tinker at your own risk, Rodgers

Rodgers seems to have found a winning formula and he should stick to it

SOMETHING TO SHOUT ABOUT: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers (above) has revitalised the Reds since switching to a three-man backline.

Brendan Rodgers needs the FA Cup.

He knows it. The supporters know it. And Liverpool’s owners certainly know it.

But the meddling manager cannot help himself. He’s a tinkerer with a nervous trigger finger, a spanner in his own works.

As is so often the case, Rodgers risks breaking what doesn’t need fixing.

On the eve of the FA Cup fourth-round clash against Bolton tomorrow morning (Singapore time), he happily announced the return of Mario Balotelli, Joe Allen and Glen Johnson to the FA Cup squad.

Supporters must be struggling to contain their indifference.

Read the full report in our print edition on Jan 24.

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School of frock

Hollywood kept it monochromatic and low-key this past week. Perhaps it was taking a breather from glam gowns and flashy frocks in between awards shows, says JEANMARIE TAN

Gwyneth Paltrow.
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Nudge nudge, ring ring

New safety system being developed to warn drivers of cyclists who get too close

NEW TECH: Bike Sense alerts drivers to blind spots where cyclists could be riding.
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