Son Heung-min stepped up in additional time for South Korea with a luxurious free-kick to see off Australia 2-1 on Friday and arrange an Asian Cup semi-final with Jordan. Jordan sealed their place within the final 4 for the primary time of their historical past with a nervy 1-0 victory that introduced Tajikistan’s fairytale journey in Qatar to an finish. South Korea and Tottenham skipper Son had but to completely stamp his mark on the event however he delivered when it counted, additionally profitable a penalty for Hwang Hee-chan to stage deep in second-half stoppage time.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s facet took a major step in direction of lifting the Asian Cup for the primary time since 1960.
“Fatigue, no matter — there aren’t any excuses. We’re simply making an attempt to win the trophy and convey it again house,” mentioned Son after his glowing man-of-the-match show.
Australia opened the scoring within the forty second minute when Hwang In-beom gave the ball away in defence and Connor Metcalfe floated the ball to the again submit for Craig Goodwin to volley house.
South Korea regarded lifeless and buried however Son was fouled within the field by Lewis Miller and Hwang held his nerve from the spot for a 96th-minute leveller.
South Korea had been within the ascendancy now and Son curled in a chic free-kick from the sting of the field within the 104th minute to win them the quarter-final.
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.
Klinsmann, who has been below hearth for South Korea’s performances in Qatar, led his workforce in a wild celebration on the finish.
“We’re nonetheless right here and we’ll be right here to the very finish,” he declared.
Australia’s coach Graham Arnold felt his facet had the probabilities when resulting in bury their opponents.
“We’re devastated in the mean time, fairly emotional for all of the gamers and the employees,” he mentioned.
“For the primary 90-odd minutes we did very effectively till giving that penalty away. It has been an incredible event for lots of my gamers.”
He added: “We had been up 1-0, we had possibilities for 2-0, 3-0, and when you do not take your possibilities, you get punished.”
Jordan make historical past
Within the different quarter-final on the day, a deflected second-half personal objective was nearly sufficient for Jordan.
It was powerful on charismatic Croatian coach Petar Segrt and his Tajikistan workforce, who had been the lowest-ranked facet left in Qatar and gained loads of new pals of their first Asian Cup.
But it surely was a chunk of historical past for Jordan below their Moroccan coach Hussein Ammouta, the nation having been defeated of their earlier quarter-finals in 2004 and 2011.
“We had been rewarded for our efforts and our ambitions are getting greater and greater,” mentioned defender Yazan Al-Arab, who was named man of the match.
“This was historical past. We’re into the semi-finals and we depend on our followers to maintain supporting us irrespective of who we play.
“We’d like now to overlook the Tajikistan match and focus on the semi-finals and our dream of reaching the ultimate.”
A cagey sport was selected 66 minutes when Jordan defender Abdallah Nasib rose at a nook and his header deflected off Tajikistan’s Vahdat Hanonov and into his personal objective.
Either side had possibilities after that however Jordan held on.
“No person anticipated this (to go thus far) on the event,” mentioned Segrt.
“I used to be dreaming of one thing extra, however now we see our restrict.
“Tajikistan are going house however we will go house with honour and satisfaction.”
In Saturday’s remaining quarter-finals, holders Qatar face Uzbekistan whereas pre-tournament favourites Japan play Iran.
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