From a record-breaking Qatar forward born who just couldn't stop scoring to a reluctant Kyrgyz sex symbol, AFP takes a look at five players who lit up the Asian Cup:
An effervescent Son Heung-min inspired title-chasing South Korea to a comfortable 2-0 victory over China on Wednesday to finish top of their Asian Cup group.
Sour Swede Sven-Goran Eriksson scrapped dinner plans with old foe Marcello Lippi after China thrashed his Philippines side 3-0 on Friday to reach the last 16 of the Asian Cup.
AFP Sport looks at five things we learned from the opening round of group games at the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates:
They may not be able to bend it quite like David Beckham, but Sven-Goran Eriksson's Philippines have made an instant impact in their first appearance at the Asian Cup.
Prolific goal scorer Hwang Ui-jo snatched a second-half winner as South Korea beat Sven-Goran Eriksson's Philippines 1-0 at the Asian Cup on Monday.
Better known for horseback wrestling, eagle hunting and dead goat polo, Kyrgyzstan are hoping to turn heads at this month's Asian Cup football tournament.
Ahead of the Asian Cup's opening game on Saturday, here are five well-travelled coaches looking to add to their list of honours: