Unfortunate Son: Socceroos OUT after defender’s two moments of madness allow Korea to strike
The Socceroos have crashed out of the Asian Cup in heartbreaking fashion, suffering a dramatic 2-1 extra-time loss to South Korea after throwing away a 1-0 lead.
The irrepressible Craig Goodwin gave Australia the lead on Friday (Saturday AEDT) when he volleyed home in the 42nd minute in front of 39,632 fans at the Al Janoub Stadium.
Australia then spurned multiple chances to double their lead before a nightmare stint off the bench from right-back Lewis Miller, and two big moments from Son Heung-min turned the game in South Korea’s favour.
With Graham Arnold’s charges up 1-0 deep into stoppage time, Miller needlessly dived in late on South Korea’s superstar captain Son, giving away a penalty.
Hwang Hee-chan coolly slammed the spot-kick into the top corner in the seventh minute of injury time to take the game to extra-time.
In the 104th minute, Miller then brought down Hwang on the edge of the area, only for Spurs’ Son to lift a wonderful free kick into the top corner to put South Korea in front.
Australia’s hopes of a comeback were then made all but impossible minutes after the goal when they were reduced to 10 men.
Aiden O’Neill lunged in to attempt to win the ball and caught Hwang with his studs, with his initial yellow card upgraded to a straight red after a VAR referral.
South Korea comfortably saw out the game from there to send Australia packing and tee up a semi-final against Jordan, who beat Tajikistan 1-0 earlier on Friday local time.