Ghotbi predicts 'classic' quarter-final
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Iran coach Afshin Ghotbi says tomorrow's quarter-final Asian Cup clash with Korea Republic will be a "classic" that will prove to the world how far the game has progressed on the continent. 

The two countries face each other in the last eight for the fifth time in a row, and Ghotbi believes it will be the highlight of the tournament so far.

"Iran-South Korea is a fixture etched in stone in the Asian Cup. It seems like every Asian Cup we meet and I believe it will be a classic between two of the best teams in Asia," he said. 

It seems like every Asian Cup we meet and I believe it will be a classic between two of the best teams in Asia.
Afshin Ghotbi, Iran's coach, on his side's regular meetings with Korea Republic

"I expect a fantastic match and I hope all of Asia will tune in and the world will watch Asian football at its best."

His opposite number Cho Kwang-Rae was not nearly as optimistic, however, warning fans should expect a cynical Iran. "They may start by committing a lot of fouls. Fans don't like to watch this," Cho said.