In pictures: South Korea defeats Australia 2-1 and qualifies for the semi-finals | football news
South Korea qualified for the semi-finals of the Asian Cup after defeating Australia 2-1 in extra time at the South Stadium, after Son Heung-min scored the winner from a stunning free kick.
Australia beat South Korea by the same score in extra time in the 2015 final to win the Asian Cup for the first time. But during Friday’s match, it was the East Asian team that prevailed after scoring another goal in stoppage time to force extra time.
Australia took the lead just before half-time when they cleverly switched wings with brilliant passes into the box. Then, a cross from Australian player Nathaniel Atkinson reached his teammate Craig Goodwin, who had time to prepare himself for a successful shot into the bottom corner.
Striker Martin Boyle could have made it 2-0 when he received a cross inside the penalty area, but goalkeeper Jo Hyun-woo blocked two shots. Meanwhile, Mitchell Duke’s shot from the rebound went over the crossbar to give South Korea a reprieve.
South Korea coach Jurgen Klinsmann made a tactical change in the second half to push Son to attack more. This strategy succeeded when Son, the Tottenham Hotspur striker, was obstructed inside the penalty area by Australian Lewis Miller in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
Hwang Hee Chan steps forward: The Wolverhampton Wanderers striker took his time to calm his nerves before firing his effort into the top corner to force extra time – the fourth goal after 90 minutes of the tournament.
This was the second match in a row for South Korea to go to extra time, after defeating Saudi Arabia on penalties. This time, Hwang won a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area after another foul by Miller.
Son stepped up and saw his effort go over the wall, beating goalkeeper Matthew Ryan to slot home. The goal sparked a wild celebration, with Klinsmann roaring and raising his arms.
Australia’s attempts to respond were dealt a blow when Aiden O’Neill was sent off after a VAR review for a foul on Hwang, reducing Graham Arnold’s side to 10 men in the second half of extra time as they were unable to. Find the equalizer.
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