Son Heung-min hits winner as South Korea beat Australia to achieve Asian Cup semis


Son Heung-min scored a surprising free-kick in additional time as South Korea fought again to beat Australia 2-1 on Friday and arrange an Asian Cup semi-final in opposition to Jordan.

It was one other nice escape for the Koreans, who wanted a 96th-minute penalty from Hwang Hee-chan to remain alive after Australia took the lead late within the first half by Craig Goodwin.

It was the fourth time in 5 video games that Jurgen Klinsmann’s South Korea had scored in second-half damage time in Qatar.

Tottenham’s Son, Asia’s finest participant and South Korea’s skipper, had but to completely make his mark on the event however he delivered when it counted.

First he gained a penalty when Lewis Miller introduced him down in damage time on the finish of regular time, then he stepped as much as curl house a chic free-kick from the sting of the field within the 104th minute.

Klinsmann, who has been underneath hearth for South Korea’s performances in Qatar, led his workforce in a wild celebration on the finish.

Australia completed the match with 10 males after Aiden O’Neill was red-carded for lunging at Hwang on the finish of the primary interval of additional time.

The Koreans wish to win the Asian Cup for the primary time since 1964. They must do with out Kim Min-jae within the semi-final, after the Bayern Munich defender picked up his second reserving of the event.

Jordan will probably be their opponents after they beat Tajikistan 1-0 earlier within the day.

Australia got here into the match with two days’ additional relaxation, with South Korea additionally battling the consequences of a gruelling penalty-shootout win over Saudi Arabia within the final 16.

Wolverhampton Wanderers ahead Hwang began for the primary time within the event after getting back from a hip damage.

South Korea dominated the primary half however it was Australia who opened the scoring within the forty second minute.

Hwang In-beom gave the ball away within the Korean defence and Connor Metcalfe floated the ball to the again put up for Goodwin to volley house.

The Socceroos ought to have doubled their lead 10 minutes after the restart when Mitchell Duke blazed over, after goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo had denied Martin Boyle with a double save.

Duke spurned one other alternative when he headed broad within the 84th minute, and the Koreans made them pay with the equaliser from the spot deep into damage time.

Son then accomplished the turnaround, curling the ball inside Mat Ryan’s put up for the winner.