Tottenham star Son Hueng-min has ended the Socceroos’ desires of Asian Cup glory with an excellent quarter-final show for South Korea.
The Taeguk Warriors superior to a semi-final date with Jordan with a 2-1 win at Al Janoub Stadium.
Nonetheless, for thus lengthy it appeared that it was going to be the Australians reaching the match’s final 4 after winger Craig Goodwin, who had been recalled to the beginning facet, had given the Socceroos the lead within the forty second minute.
Australia had a number of second-half probabilities to extend their lead however they had been wasted by Martin Boyle and Mitch Duke.
And people blown alternatives would come again to hang-out the Socceroos, who had been simply minutes away from profitable the sport when South Korea’s talisman Son enticed substitute Lewis Miller into needlessly fouling him and gifting away a penalty.
Regardless of Miller’s protests, Omani referee Ahmed Al-Kaf’s choice to award the spot kick wasn’t overturned by the VAR, with Hwang Hee-chan changing the penalty to ship the competition into extra-time.
And it was one other Miller foul that led to Son scoring the match-winning aim with a elegant free-kick that was too good for Socceroos goalkeeper and captain Mat Ryan within the 104th minute.
Rubbing additional salt into the Socceroos wounds was a crimson card proven to substitute Aiden O’Neill a couple of minutes later for a foul on Hwang.
Referee Al-Kaf initially gave O’Neill a yellow card, however modified the color to crimson – and an immediate dismissal – after being inspired by the VAR to look at video footage that confirmed O’Neill’s studs had caught the within of Hwang’s ankle.
It was a heart-breaking finish to Australia’s Asian Cup marketing campaign, with the Socceroos having additionally been knocked out on the quarter-final stage within the 2019 version of the match.
Nonetheless, it was a gutsy and gritty show from the Koreans, who had two full days much less to arrange for the ultimate and had been additionally compelled to outlive 120 minutes, plus a penalty shootout, in a marathon round-of-16 affair towards Saudi Arabia.
Earlier, the Socceroos went forward late within the first half after taking advantage of a mistake from Korean midfielder Hwang In-beom.
Hwang coughed up possession on the sting of his penalty space with a lazy move that was pounced on by Goodwin.
The Socceroos then patiently knocked the ball across the field looking for a gap, which got here when right-back Nathaniel Atkinson floated the ball into the trail of Goodwin, whose first-time volley hit the again of the web.
The Australians ought to have doubled their lead within the 54th minute, nevertheless Boyle was twice foiled by Korean goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo, earlier than Duke blazed a shot over the crossbar.
Duke additionally had an opportunity within the 84th minute from a Jordan Bos cross however couldn’t direct his header on course.
The missed alternatives had been to show pricey for the Socceroos, whose hopes of profitable the Asian Cup for a second time had been extinguished quickly after.