AFC Asian Cup: South Korea Beat Australia 2-1 to Reach Semifinals

  • Publish date: Friday، 02 February 2024
AFC Asian Cup: South Korea Beat Australia 2-1 to Reach Semifinals

In a dramatic turn of events, Son Heung-min rescued South Korea with a stunning extra-time free-kick, securing a 2-1 victory against Australia and propelling them into the Asian Cup semi-finals.

Initially trailing due to Craig Goodwin's volley for Australia, the game took a twist when Son was fouled, leading to Hwang Hee-chan's 96th-minute penalty that extended the match. In extra time, Tottenham's Son showcased his brilliance, bending a free-kick past goalkeeper Mat Ryan.

Australia's challenges compounded as Aiden O'Neill received a red card following a VAR review for a dangerous foul. South Korea, the 1960 Asian Cup winners, faced elimination but continued their resilient run, having previously advanced from the round of 16 with a penalty shootout win against Saudi Arabia.

The victory potentially eases pressure on coach Jurgen Klinsmann, appointed a year ago amid fan skepticism. Australia, under Graham Arnold, missed opportunities to secure a comfortable lead, with Cho Hyun-woo's exceptional double save denying Martin Boyle and Mitchell Duke squandering two chances.

South Korea's next challenge is the semi-final against Jordan, who secured their spot with a 1-0 win over Tajikistan. The thrilling match showcased the resilience of South Korea and set the stage for an intense semi-final clash.