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South Korea’s beautiful comeback breaks Saudi Arabian hearts | AFC Asian Cup Information

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Saudi Arabia dominated for a lot of the final 16 Asian Cup conflict but it surely was South Korea who emerged victorious on penalties.

Schooling Metropolis Stadium, Qatar – It was a case of so close to but to date for 1000’s of Saudi Arabia followers, whose group faltered within the penalty shootout of their round-of-16 match in opposition to South Korea and have been knocked out of the AFC Asian Cup 2023.

South Korea booked a quarterfinal date with Australia as their dogged show noticed them win 4-2 on penalties after the match ended 1-1 following additional time on the Schooling Metropolis Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Saudi Arabia dominated the sport for a lot of regular time and loved a 1-0 lead up till the dying moments of stoppage time however finally couldn’t stand up to the relentless South Korean assaults on their purpose.

Cho Gue-Sung scored the equalising purpose within the ninth minute of added time to the delight of the few hundred South Korean followers among the many 42,000 spectators. He later slotted in his group’s third penalty to place them one kick away from a well-known comeback win.

Hwang Hee-chan made no errors from the spot to spark wild celebrations within the Korean camp.

South Korea followers on the Schooling Metropolis Stadium [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

The environment and help have been at all times going to be partisan in favour of the Inexperienced Falcons, whose supporters crossed Qatar’s solely land border to make their presence felt within the nation and the stadium.

They sang and danced exterior the venue earlier than kickoff and occupied many of the seats inside it when the match was beneath manner.

The primary half ended goalless however Saudi Arabia confirmed they have been going to take the sport to South Korea.

There was hardly sufficient time for followers to settle again into their seats on the resumption of play when Abdullah Radif got here off the bench to attain for Saudi Arabia. If the Inexperienced Falcon’s military of followers have been raucous earlier than the purpose, Radif introduced the home down as he slotted previous the South Korean goalkeeper.

Saudi Arabia vs South Korea – AFC Asian Cup 2023 [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]
Saudi Arabia followers raucously cheered on their group [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]

Saudi Arabia maintained the tempo on and off the pitch for the subsequent half hour however then started to expire of steam. South Korea’s substitutes took benefit and saved up the stress on the Saudi Arabia purpose.

The ball hardly left the Saudi Arabia half within the final 10 minutes however, backed by their followers’ noise and their goalkeeper’s heroics, the lads in inexperienced someway clung onto their slender lead effectively into stoppage time.

Each time a Korean participant touched the ball, the boos have been so loud they might most likely be heard all the best way again in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia followers, a few of whom had already purchased tickets for his or her group’s possible quarterfinal and semifinal, weren’t within the temper to return residence but.

However as quickly as Cho’s strike hit the again of Saudi Arabia’s web, the supporters fell silent and sunk into their seats. It was as in the event that they knew their finest probability had fallen via their arms.

“Our group usually dominates video games however then let all of it slip as a result of they run out of steam in direction of the tip,” Saudi Arabia fan Faisal Al Muatiri advised Al Jazeera after the match.

“It’s changing into an more and more acquainted sight for us and the brand new coach must do one thing about it,” he mentioned referring to Roberto Mancini.

Saudi Arabia vs South Korea – AFC Asian Cup 2023 [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]
Hyun-Seok Hong runs with the ball [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

Each groups created possibilities in additional time and Saudi Arabia got here very near sealing the win with a dramatic purpose in entrance of their supporters within the second half of additional time but it surely was to not be.

South Korean followers grew in confidence as soon as the match went to penalties.

“Our group has the expertise and confidence of creating robust comebacks,” South Korea fan Darren Lim mentioned after the win.

She then paused to wave and say “goodnight” to the heartbroken Saudi Arabia supporters making their manner out.

The Inexperienced Flacons will rue their incapability to carry onto their lead as they fly again residence.

And the Taegeuk Warriors reside to combat one other day, on Friday in opposition to the Socceroos.

Saudi Arabia vs South Korea – AFC Asian Cup 2023 [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]
Son Heung-min celebrates South Korea’s win [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]


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