Doha, Qatar (February 3, 2024) – South Korea secured a thrilling victory over Australia in the Asian Cup quarterfinals thanks to a late-game penalty and a dazzling free kick from captain Son Heung-min.
This win continues South Korea’s trend of dramatic finishes in the tournament, mirroring their last-16 victory over Saudi Arabia that also went to extra time and penalties.
Trailing in Stoppage Time, Koreans Rally:
- Australia went ahead just before halftime through Craig Goodwin’s volley.
- South Korea looked down and out when trailing 1-0 entering stoppage time.
- Hwang Hee-chan equalized from the penalty spot after Son was fouled in the box.
Son Seals the Deal with Stunning Free Kick:
- In extra time, Son unleashed a curling free kick that beat Matty Ryan in the Australian goal.
- Australia’s frustration led to a red card for Aidan O’Neill.
Son Reflects on Team Spirit and Winning Mentality:
- “The most important thing is we get the result,” said Son. “We are staying together even stronger.”
- Coach Jürgen Klinsmann expressed pride in his team’s fighting spirit.
South Korea to Face Jordan in Semifinals:
- They will aim to reach the Asian Cup final for the first time since 1960.
Australia left Devastated:
- Coach Graham Arnold lamented missed chances and praised South Korea’s fighting spirit.
This match showcased the drama and excitement of the Asian Cup, with South Korea once again demonstrating their resilience and ability to perform under pressure. Son Heung-min’s leadership and skill continue to be crucial for his team’s success