Son Heung-min’s late free kick sends Korea into semifinals

 Son Heung-min of  Korea celebrates after scoring against Australia during the teams' quarterfinal match at the Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar, Feb. 2. Yonhap

Captain Son Heung-min scored a free kick goal in extra time as Korea defeated 10-man Australia 2-1 to reach the semifinals of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup in Qatar Friday.Hwang Hee-chan scored a last-gasp equalizer on a penalty drawn by Son at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, south of Doha, before Son himself got in on the scoring act in the 104th minute.Korea moved within two wins of ending their 64-year title drought at the top continental tournament. They will now face Jordan in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, west of the Qatari capital, or midnight Wednesday, Korea time.Korea and Jordan played to a 2-2 draw in their Group E match, Jan. 20, with Jordan’s Yazan Al-Arab getting charged with a stoppage-time own goal.The victory provided a measure of redemption for Korea. In the 2015 Asian Cup final in Australia, the Socceroos defeated the Taegeuk Warriors 2-1 in extra time. Son scored late in regulation, only to see Australia break the tie during extra time.Coached by Jurgen Klinsmann, Korea are trying to win their first AFC title since 1960. Korea have now played 120 minutes in consecutive matches, after needing the 30-minute extra session and the penalty shootout to knock off Saudi Arabia in the round of 16.”Obviously, it was another drama. We’re extremely happy and thrilled to go through,” head coah Jurgen Klinsmann said. “It was a hard fight with Australia. We expected it. But to go 120 minutes again, I’m proud of this team and their spirit.”

Graham Arnold, Klinsmann’s counterpart, said the loss was “quite devastating, quite emotional” for his side.”We played well for the first 90 minutes until we conceded the penalty,” Arnold said. “We were up 1-0. We had chances for 2-0, 3-0, and if you don’t take your chances, you get punished.”Korea enjoyed an early edge in ball possession, but then Australia pushed back with a couple of close chances by Connor Metcalfe. In the 17th minute, the midfielder rolled his left-footed shot just wide, right of the target. Two minutes later, a rebound off a shot by Craig Goodwin bounced right back to Metcalfe, who could only get off a mediocre right-footed shot. Korea had a goal disallowed on an offside ruling in the 31st minute, after completing a pretty tic-tac-toe play. Lee Kang-in threaded a pass to Seol Young-woo on the left side of the box, and Seol promptly crossed for Hwang Hee-chan, who one-timed the feed for what could have been Korea’s opening goal. The Semi-Automated Offside Technology, however, determined Seol was slightly offside before he received the initial pass.

Australia struck first with a goal that counted in the 42nd minute.Hwang In-beom turned the ball over just outside his own box and sent Korean defenders scrambling. The ball eventually found its way to Nathaniel Atkinson on the right side, and he crossed for the wide-open Craig Goodwin, who scored with a left-footed volley.Australia had a 6-0 advantage in shot attempts in the first half.Korea had their first shot on target four minutes after the restart, though it was only a weak effort by Lee Kang-in from close range in the 49th minute.Martin Boyle took two cracks at doubling Australia’s lead in the 53rd minute, but goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo saved the day by stopping Boyle’s header and then a volley off his own rebound.Korea spent the next 20 or so minutes in the Australian zone, though their persistent push didn’t result in the equalizer.Mitch Duke squandered a couple of opportunities to put the game out of Korea’s reach. He got a header off a Lewis Miller throw-in in the 74th minute, but Jo was there to keep the ball out of the net.In a counterattack opportunity some 10 minutes later, Duke met a Jordan Bos cross with a diving header but sent the ball wide 카지노사이트킹 right.

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