Iran relies on inside knowledge in Asian Cup

Iran coach Afshin Ghotbi believes his inside knowledge of South

Korea will give his team an edge in their Asian Cup quarterfinal

showdown.

South Korea, meanwhile, is worried that part of Iran’s game plan

might be to disrupt the flow of the game with frequent fouls.

Both teams were stepping up the mental games ahead of Saturday’s

match, the fifth straight time the two Asian football powers meet

at this stage of the tournament.

Iran is seeking a record fourth title and South Korea its third,

but neither team has won the continental championship in 35

years.