South Korea has qualified for the final battle of 2015 AFC Asian Cup as they beat Iraq football team in the first semifinal of tournament played here at Stadium Australia in Sydney. Lee Jung-Hyub and Kim Young-Gwon shine for team in the knockout game and Korea Republic defeats Iraq by 2-0 score.
This is the first occasion after 1988 when Taeguk Warriors makes it to the final of AFC Asian Cup. Winning this quarterfinal South Korea has taken revenge of 2007 Asian Cup defeat from Iraq as Iraq beat them in the semifinal of 2007 competition to qualify for final.
Lee Jung-Hyub scored the first goal of big match for Korea in the 20th minute of game. Taeguk warriors maintained their dominance in the first half of semifinal and didn’t allow Iraqis to score. Iraq players tried hard in the final moments of first half but couldn’t beat Korean defence.
In the second half Iraq team was playing hard to score the goal but once again Korea defenders were up to the mark and didn’t give chance Iraqis to hit the goal. Kim Young-Gwon came to the picture of match and scored the winning goal for Korea Republic. He hit the goal in 50th minute of match. Now South Korea was leading by 2-0 and Iraq was desperate to score the goal.
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But they couldn’t do it and failed to hit single goal in the match.
So far Korean side has maintained their record of not conceding goal in 2015 Asian Cup. In the final match of tournament they’ll face either Socceroos or United Arab Emirates on 31 January at Stadium Australia.