Men's: AFC Asian Cup 2011 Finals - Group C

Australia come back to draw
By BOTN

4:15pm (12:15am AEDT), Friday 14 January, 2011
at Al Gharafa Stadium, Doha, Qatar


Australia 1
(Mile Jedinak 62')
drew with
South Korea 1
(Koo Ja-cheol 24')

Australia's second game in the 2011 Mens Asian Cup in Qatar against South Korea ended a 1-1 draw. Korea took the lead late in the middle of the first half through Ja Cheol, but Australia equalised through a Mile Jedinak header in the second.

South Korea started strongly but with less fast interpaly play than expected and they tried to open up the Australian defence, while the Socceroos looked to play on the break down the right.

The first goal came in the 24th minute for Korea when Koo Ja-cheol received a square ball into the middle unmarked from Ji Dong-won, after a long ball found out a stretched Aussie defence. Koo Ja-cheol steered it past Australian 'keeper Mark Schwarzer, and into the left side of goal. 0-1

Two minutes later Schwarzer make a save off Ji Dong-won but the Australian's got back into the game, and in the 39th monute Harry Kewell struck a free-kick just over the crossbar.

After seeing off an early second half header by Lee Jung-soo, Australia had a chance of their own when their 'best on park' Harry Kewell made a run on the right but his shot was dealt with. A good chance for a penalty when Tim Cahill was bundled over in the area by Cha Du-ri was spurned by referee Adbu.

In the 60th minute Schwarzer parried a shot from Park Ji Sung on the run, and then from a free kick on the right Lucas Neill knocked the ball back into the mixer and Mile Jedinal out lept the Korea 'keeper Jung Sung-ryon, to head it in. 1-1

The Koreans continued to press, but in the 78th min ute Jedinak hit a scorching free-kick wide.

With all subs made and left back David Carney with an injury and almost a passenger, it looked dicey but in the 87th minute Schwarzer made a point-blank save that camled the nerves.

The result was a fair one although Korea slighty shaded their opponents in open play - though if the Australian had made more of some early chances, or the claimed penalty given, it may have been different.

“We could have won the game if you see the general performance of our team,” Korea Republic coach Cho Kwang-rae said. “It could've been better when it came to the result. For the fans, it was a great game to watch and I am quite appreciative of the players’ performance today. I think that we controlled the game and in that aspect, we've improved quite a lot.

"I think we have seen a high standard match, both teams have great potential and we've seen that today,” said Australian coach Holger Osieck. “It was end to end, both teams tried to play football. It was not just entertaining but from a technical point of view, it was very good. I'm very happy with our performance. Our plan to close them down in midfield was mostly achieved. We knew about their strength and you could see that on a couple of occasions but what was most encouraging for me was that we created a lot of chances that we could have converted, particularly in the first-half. But we never gave up and got the goal. We came back into the game but we didn't just fight…we tried to play.”

Australia's group includes Korean Republic (South Korea) and Bahrain. In the other game. The final Asian Cup group C game for the Socceroos is against Bahrain, and they need to win or draw.



4:15pm (12:15am AEDT), Friday 14 January, 2011
at Al Gharafa Stadium, Doha, Qatar

Australia 1
(Mile Jedinak 62')
drew with
South Korea 1
(Koo Ja-cheol 24')

    Crowd: 15,526

    MATCH STATS:

    Australia :
    Player listing:
    1 Mark Schwarzer (gk), 2. Lucas Neill, 6. Sasa Ognenovski, 8. Luke Wilkshire (13. Jade North +68'), 3. David Carney, 5. Jason Culina (16. Carl Valeri +46'), 15. Mile Jedinak, 14. Brett Holman ((17. Matt McKay +89'), 7. Brett Emerton, 4. Tim Cahill, 10. Harry Kewell

    Substitutes not used: 18. Brad Jones (rgk), 20. Matthew Spiranovic, 11. Nathan Burns, 9. Scott McDonald, 19. Tommy Oar

    Coach: Holger Osieck (Germany)

    Yellow Cards: Brett Emerton 29', Sasa Ognenovski 43', Tim Cahill 90'+3
    Red Cards: Nil

    South Korea :
    Player listing:
    1. Jung Sung-ryong (gk), 3. Hwang Jae-won, 6. Lee Yong-rae, 7. Park Ji-sung, 10. Ji-Dong-won (9. Yoo Byung-su +67, -89)(8. Yoon Bit-garam +89), 12. Lee Young-pyo, 13. Koo Ja-chael (19. Yeom Ki-hun +67'), 14. Lee Jung-soo, 16. Ki Sung-yueng, 17. Lee Chung-yong, 22. Cha Du-ri

    Substitutes not used: 21. Kim Yong-dae (rgk), tba

    Coach: Cho Kwang-rae

    Yellow Cards: Ki Sung Yeung 35', Cha Du Ri 23'
    Red Cards: Nil

    Referee: Abdulrahman Abdu (Qatar) 6/10

    Best players: Australia: Harry Kewell, Mark Schwarzer

    Pitch rating: 8/10

    Game rating: 8/10

    Match Report by BOTN, Stats by AFC


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