Son Heung-min’s free kick Propeled South Korea to Semi-Finals: AFC Asian Cup Quarter-Final Recap

The AFC Asian Cup 2024 quarter-final match between South Korea and Australia, held at Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah, was a thrilling encounter that ended in a 2-1 victory for South Korea.

South Korea's son Heung-min
South Korea’s son Heung-min. Getty images

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Key Players

Korea’s formidable squad, including stars like Son Heung-min, Kim Min-Jae and Hwang Hee-Chan, clashed with Australia’s lineup led by veteran Bruno Fornaroli. The field was filled with action from PSG’s Lee Kang-in, Mainz’s Lee Jae-Sung, and Spur’s Son Heung-min.

Key Highlights

Australia’s Craig Goodwin kicked off the excitement with a goal at 41:26 min. The climax occurred when Korea’s Son Heung-min earned a penalty at 90:00 min, expertly converted by Hwang Hee-chan. Into extra time, Son Heung-min sealed the victory with a remarkable free-kick, while Australia’s Aiden O’Neill received a red card.

Game Statistics

South Korea emerged as the dominant force in their match against Australia. The numbers tell a story of their superiority, with Korea showcasing exceptional ball possession at 72%, compared to Australia’s 28%.

The shots on target reflected Korea’s precision, as they registered 8 shots on target, while Australia managed 6.

The free-flowing attack of Korea was evident, with a total of 30 shots attempted, 17 of which found the target.

In contrast, Australia faced a more resolute defense, with only 13 shots attempted and 6 on target.

Brief Timeline (South Korea vs Australia)

  • 41:26 min: Craig Goodwin secures a goal for Australia.
  • 90:00 min: Hwang Hee-chan converts a crucial penalty for Korea.
  • 103:00 min: Son Heung-min steals the spotlight with a sensational free-kick.
  • 105:00 min: Aiden O’Neill of Australia faces a red card, altering the dynamics of the match.

AFC Asian Cup Semi-Finals

The gripping quarter-final clash at Al Janoub Stadium witnessed South Korea’s Victory, securing a hard-fought win against a formidable Australian team. With a semi-final spot in sight, South Korea’s team is ready to face Jordan on 6 February.

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