South Korea beats Australia 2-1 in the 2023 Asian Cup | Asia Cup News

The Taeguk Warriors staged another late comeback to defeat Australia and keep their Asian Cup hopes alive.

Al Wakrah, Qatar – South Korea has made a habit of leaving it until the final moments of stoppage time to get back in knockout matches and advance to the next round of the tournament. Asian Cup 2023 in Qatar.

They pulled off another heist to break Australian hearts and cause a stunning shock Return win 2-1 In the quarter-finals in Al Janoub Stadium On Friday night.

This prompted Jurgen Klinsmann, the German coach of the Koreans, to make a joke that perhaps his team should start all matches with a score of 0-1.

“It’s not nice to wait 120 minutes to get a result, so maybe if we start a goal down we can get the win early,” Klinsmann told reporters after the match.

It took South Korea 96 minutes for a goal – scored by Hee Chan Hwang from the penalty spot – to keep them alive in the tournament, and another 15 minutes to give their captain Heung-Min Son the chance to score a brilliant and surprise winner. Australia.

The Socceroos took the lead in the 42nd minute when Craig Goodwin grabbed a loose ball in front of the Korean goal to break the deadlock in a tight first half.

Once they took the lead, the Australians produced a strong defensive display to keep the Taeguk Warriors at bay until the start of the second half.

As night fell, the temperature in Al Wakrah dropped to 14 degrees Celsius, but the competition on the pitch intensified as South Korea began attacking the Australian goal. He was similar to them Late attack on Saudi Arabia That eventually produced the equalizer and gave them the win on penalties.

This time the penalty kick came in the sixth minute of stoppage time and equalized. Once extra time entered, the Koreans took control of the match and Australia could barely keep up.

When South Korea won a free kick on the edge of Australia’s penalty area in the 103rd minute, Son curled it into the corner to complete another stunning comeback.

The crowd, which had been chanting his name all night, went into a wild celebration of relief, joy and disbelief.

Many of these fans arrived in Doha after a 10-hour overnight flight from Seoul, and said playing a second match in a row was very stressful.

“They (the team) need to stop doing this to us now,” Kim Hyesung, a South Korean fan, told Al Jazeera moments after the win.

“They achieve miracles because they never give up,” he said.

Klinsmann said he is aware of the expectations his team faces from fans at the stadium and from back home.

“Sometimes the pressure holds players back (mentally) at first, but when we go down, we know we can only go forward from there,” the former World Cup winner said.

For fans like Liu Chan, it’s more about believing in the team. But he said they say they are making it difficult for themselves and their supporters.

“I was about to leave the field moments before the penalty kick was awarded, but now I will stay until the final match because these players are miracle workers and they will win it (the tournament).”

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(Al Jazeera)

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