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The Socceroos are the Asian champions after completing a fairytale tournament by beating Korea Republic 2-1 after extra-time in a gripping Asian Cup final on Saturday night.

In an epic decider substitute James Troisi struck a truly golden-goal in the 105th minute, blasting home from close range after Kim Jin Hyeon spilled Tomi Juric’s cross into his path.

Australia looked like they would win the match in normal time, leading right until the death through midfielder Massimo Luongo’s first half scorcher.

But deep in stoppage time at the end of the match, Korean superstar Son Heung Min stunned Ange Postecoglou’s side with a powerful finish to save his team and send the match to extra-time.

Somehow the Aussies regrouped and found some more energy with the two substitutes combining for a superb winner.

Juric looked well-shackled by two defenders on the by-line but flicked the ball between the legs of Kim Jin Su before regaining possession and crossing, with Troisi in the right spot to smash it in and secure an historic victory.

Beaten finalists four years ago the Socceroos weren’t to be denied this time, reversing the defeat to Korea from the group stage a fortnight ago as well as vindicating Postecoglou’s regeneration of the squad since he took over 14 months ago.

While Troisi was the match-winner the home side had contributors all over the park.

Luongo – who has emerged as the Socceroos superstar at this tournament had another brilliant game, skipper Mile Jedinak immense in the middle of the park, while central defenders Matthew Spiranovic and Trent Sainsbury thwarted a  host of Korean attacks.

For the visitors – who hadn’t conceded a goal in the tournament until Luongo struck – their 55-year wait for an Asian Cup crown will go on for another four years at least.

A sell-out crowd of almost 77,000 made for a cracking atmosphere in Stadium Australia, giving all the ingredients for what was to be a special night.

Socceroos defender Ivan Franjic overcame a hip problem to start and was in the action straight away, picking up a yellow card for a cynical tug-back on Park Joo Ho.

It was the hosts who fired the first warning shot through Jedinak, his powerful free-kick from 25-metres out dipping just over Jin Hyeon’s crossbar.

With so much at stake it was no surprise that there was plenty of feeling in the opening exchanges as both sides were guilty of some crunching challenges.

The match then sprung to life midway through the first half with chances at either end in the space of a minute.

First it was the Koreans who were inches away from taking the lead, Kwak Taehwi heading wide from close range from a pinpoint Ki Sung Yueng free-kick.

Before the visitors had time to rue that miss they were almost behind themselves.

Robbie Kruse got free down the right and put in an early cross with Tim Cahill getting in front of his marker and then firing off a shot which Jin Hyeon did well to parry wide.

The Koreans then enjoyed a dominant spell with star winger Son at the centre of most of their dangerous moments.

The Bayer Leverkusen man saw a superb volley float just wide of Mat Ryan’s post eight minutes before the break and a minute later it was only a sliding Luongo challenge that deflected his goal-bound shot over the bar.

A free-kick right on the edge of the box soon after presented the next scare for the hosts but Ki’s effort didn’t have enough power to trouble Ryan.

Just when it seemed like the Socceroos would be happy to hold on until half-time, their new star delivered a gem.

Receiving the ball in traffic 30-metres from goal, Luongo turned with the ball, took one step forward then unleashed a thunderous shot into the bottom corner.

The Stadium Australia crowd – nervous just minutes earlier – erupted with joy as the entire Socceroos side wheeled off to celebrate.

Postecoglou’s men now had just 45 minutes to hold on to secure the crown.

Chasing the game it was no surprise the Koreans lifted the tempo on the resumption. They were getting plenty of joy down the flanks but the Socceroos were doing well to repel the danger.

Set pieces were causing Australia trouble and Kwak got on the end of another free-kick and this time headed straight at Ryan.

The Socceroos weren’t about to park the bus and Mathew Leckie forced a smart save on the hour mark before Trent Sainsbury headed just wide  from the ensuing corner.

As fatigue started to set in Postecoglou called on the fresh legs of Tomi Juric and James Troisi for Cahill and Kruse.

Franjic lasted 74 minutes before his troublesome hip gave way, forcing a reshuffle with Mark Milligan reverting to right-back and Matt McKay coming on in midfield.

The Koreans continued to apply the pressure without seriously threatening Ryan’s goal but just when it looked like the Socceroos would hold on, Son pounced in stoppage time.

The Australian defence failed to clear a bouncing ball with Ki sliding in Son who produced a classy finish past Ryan to send the final into extra-time.

It was their substitutes Juric and Troisi combined to get the Socceroos back in front and this time there would be no late fight-back from Korea.

Australia (Luongo 45’, Troisi 105’)

Korea Republic (Son 90+2)

Crowd: 76,385

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Página 31 de 366 – Há um ano , a Austrália conquistou a Copa da Ásia

31/01/2015 09h29 – Atualizado em 31/01/2015 09h55

Austrália vence Coreia na prorrogação e conquista a Copa da Ásia em casa

Após levar empate no penúltimo minuto, australianos marcam novamente no tempo extra, vencem por 2 a 1 e fazem a festa da torcida em Sydney com título inédito

A seleção australiana viveu neste sábado um dos capítulos mais importantes de sua história. Com a dose fundamental de emoção que pedem as grandes conquistas, os Socceroos venceram a tradicional Coreia do Sul na prorrogação, por 2 a 1, e concretizaram o sonho de ser campeões da Copa da Ásia em casa. O gol de Luongo no fim do primeiro tempo dava o título no tempo normal para os anfitriões até os 46 do segundo tempo, quando Son Heung-Min empatou. Coube a Troisi ser o grande herói na prorrogação, para a gratidão de 76.385 pessoas no Stadium Australia, em Sydney.

É a primeira vez que a Austrália conquista a competição continental, da qual participa apenas pela terceira vez e já havia sido finalista em 2011. Localizado na Oceania, o país alcançou nível técnico no futebol muito superior ao do seu continente nas últimas décadas e, por isso, foi convidado a juntar-se à Confederação Asiática de futebol (AFC) no começo de 2006. Desde então, disputa as eliminatórias do continente vizinho, assim como outras competições. Com a conquista deste sábado, o time será o representante da Ásia na Copa das Confederações, em 2017.

Coreia x Australia - comemoração gol Austrália (Foto: Getty)
Australianos comemoram conquista inédita (Foto: Getty)

O Stadium Australia lotado empurrava os donos da casa ao ataque diante de um adversário tradicional no continente, mas também colocava pressão sobre os atletas. Os Socceroos erravam alguns lances por desatenção, mas tinham as melhores chances, com o chute de Cahill salvo pelo goleiro Kim Jin-Hyeon. Aos 44 minutos, a atmosfera do estádio se tornou ainda mais fantástica depois que Luongo recebeu na intermediária, girou e soltou um chute forte para abrir o placar.

A vantagem fez os australianos ficarem mais cautelosos e apostarem em suas grandes armas: a velocidade pelas pontas e o perigoso jogo aéreo. A defesa conseguia cumprir seu papel muito bem, evitando a criação sul-coreana e os sustos para sua torcida. Conseguia até o penúltimo minuto de jogo. Com a Coreia adotando a tática do “tudo ou nada”, a Austrália se complicou diante de uma triangulação que acabou nos pés do astro Son Heung-Min, que chutou na saída de Ryan e fez a torcida local engolir o grito de campeão a seco.

A Austrália se recuperou da decepção momentânea e iniciou a prorrogação sem receio de ir ao ataque. Apesar de ter um dia a menos de descanso do que os coreanos, os Socceroos esbanjavam entrega, que foi fundamental para que o time voltasse a ficar em vantagem. Juric brigou pela bola na direita com dois marcadores até sair livre e tocar para Troisi marcar no fim do primeiro tempo extra: 2 a 1. Nos 15 minutos finais, por muitas vezes os australianos chegaram livres em contra-ataques, mas se perderam no momento da finalização. A Coreia tentou pressionar e surpreender novamente no fim, mas dessa vez não deu certo. A comemoração da torcida local, adiada por 30 minutos, finalmente começou sem preocupações.

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Australia defeats Korea Republic 2 – 1 and win AFC Asian Cup 2015

The Socceroos celebrate Massimo's Luongo's opening goal in the Asian Cup final.
The Socceroos celebrate Massimo’s Luongo’s opening goal in the Asian Cup final.

The Socceroos are the Asian champions after completing a fairytale tournament by beating Korea Republic 2-1 after extra-time in a gripping Asian Cup final on Saturday night.

In an epic decider substitute James Troisi struck a truly golden-goal in the 105th minute, blasting home from close range after Kim Jin Hyeon spilled Tomi Juric’s cross into his path.

Australia looked like they would win the match in normal time, leading right until the death through midfielder Massimo Luongo’s first half scorcher.

But deep in stoppage time at the end of the match, Korean superstar Son Heung Min stunned Ange Postecoglou’s side with a powerful finish to save his team and send the match to extra-time.

Somehow the Aussies regrouped and found some more energy with the two substitutes combining for a superb winner.

Juric looked well-shackled by two defenders on the by-line but flicked the ball between the legs of Kim Jin Su before regaining possession and crossing, with Troisi in the right spot to smash it in and secure an historic victory.

Beaten finalists four years ago the Socceroos weren’t to be denied this time, reversing the defeat to Korea from the group stage a fortnight ago as well as vindicating Postecoglou’s regeneration of the squad since he took over 14 months ago.

While Troisi was the match-winner the home side had contributors all over the park.

Luongo – who has emerged as the Socceroos superstar at this tournament had another brilliant game, skipper Mile Jedinak immense in the middle of the park, while central defenders Matthew Spiranovic and Trent Sainsbury thwarted a  host of Korean attacks.

 

For the visitors – who hadn’t conceded a goal in the tournament until Luongo struck – their 55-year wait for an Asian Cup crown will go on for another four years at least.

A sell-out crowd of almost 77,000 made for a cracking atmosphere in Stadium Australia, giving all the ingredients for what was to be a special night.

Socceroos defender Ivan Franjic overcame a hip problem to start and was in the action straight away, picking up a yellow card for a cynical tug-back on Park Joo Ho.

It was the hosts who fired the first warning shot through Jedinak, his powerful free-kick from 25-metres out dipping just over Jin Hyeon’s crossbar.

With so much at stake it was no surprise that there was plenty of feeling in the opening exchanges as both sides were guilty of some crunching challenges.

The match then sprung to life midway through the first half with chances at either end in the space of a minute.

First it was the Koreans who were inches away from taking the lead, Kwak Taehwi heading wide from close range from a pinpoint Ki Sung Yueng free-kick.

Before the visitors had time to rue that miss they were almost behind themselves.

Robbie Kruse got free down the right and put in an early cross with Tim Cahill getting in front of his marker and then firing off a shot which Jin Hyeon did well to parry wide.

The Koreans then enjoyed a dominant spell with star winger Son at the centre of most of their dangerous moments.

The Bayer Leverkusen man saw a superb volley float just wide of Mat Ryan’s post eight minutes before the break and a minute later it was only a sliding Luongo challenge that deflected his goal-bound shot over the bar.

A free-kick right on the edge of the box soon after presented the next scare for the hosts but Ki’s effort didn’t have enough power to trouble Ryan.

Just when it seemed like the Socceroos would be happy to hold on until half-time, their new star delivered a gem.

Receiving the ball in traffic 30-metres from goal, Luongo turned with the ball, took one step forward then unleashed a thunderous shot into the bottom corner.

The Stadium Australia crowd – nervous just minutes earlier – erupted with joy as the entire Socceroos side wheeled off to celebrate.

Postecoglou’s men now had just45 minutes to hold on to secure the crown.

Chasing the game it was no surprise the Koreans lifted the tempo on the resumption. They were getting plenty of joy down the flanks but the Socceroos were doing well to repel the danger.

Set pieces were causing Australia trouble and Kwak got on the end of another free-kick and this time headed straight at Ryan.

The Socceroos weren’t about to park the bus and Mathew Leckie forced a smart save on the hour mark before Trent Sainsbury headed just wide  from the ensuing corner.

As fatigue started to set in Postecoglou called on the fresh legs of Tomi Juric and James Troisi for Cahill and Kruse.

Franjic lasted 74 minutes before his troublesome hip gave way, forcing a reshuffle with Mark Milligan reverting to right-back and Matt McKay coming on in midfield.

The Koreans continued to apply the pressure without seriously threatening Ryan’s goal but just when it looked like the Socceroos would hold on, Son pounced in stoppage time.

The Australian defence failed to clear a bouncing ball with Ki sliding in Son who produced a classy finish past Ryan to send the final into extra-time.

It was their substitutes Juric and Troisi combined to get the Socceroos back in front and this time there would be no late fight-back from Korea.

Australia (Luongo 45’, Troisi 105’)

Korea Republic (Son 90+2)

Crowd: 76,385

 

Source : Football Federation Australia Website

Korea Republic 2 – 0 Uzbekistan

Melbourne: Son Heung-min scored twice in extra-time as two-time champions Korea Republic secured a third consecutive appearance in the semi-finals of the AFC Asian Cup after edging out Uzbekistan 2-0 in a thrilling quarter-final at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on Thursday.

Bayer Leverkusen forward Son netted with just over a minute of the first half of extra-time remaining following an entertaining yet goalless 90 minutes of normal time, which was the first draw of the tournament, before repeating the feat at the end of the second period.

And having followed up their win over Uzbekistan in the third place play-off at the 2011 AFC Asian Cup with a fourth consecutive win of the 2015 campaign without conceding a goal, Uli Stielike’s Group A winners will face either Iran or Iraq in Monday’s semi-final at Stadium Australia in Sydney.

Group B runners-up Uzbekistan had made a positive start as lone striker Bakhodir Nasimov and Sanjar Tursunov tested Korea goalkeeper Kim Jin-hyeon inside the first 20 minutes before Odil Ahmedov volleyed over on the edge of the six-yard area from Vitaliy Denisov’s left wing cross.

Korea, though, finally created their first chance of note midway through the first half as Ignatiy Nesterov produced a superb double block to deny Lee Keun-ho and Nam Tae-hee before the Uzbekistan goalkeeper was at full-stretch moments later to superbly produce a one-handed flying save to push Son’s curling effort from just inside the area over the crossbar.

But Uzbekistan’s chances were dealt a huge blow 16 minutes before half-time as captain Ahmedov was forced off with an injury to be replaced by Timur Kapadze, and despite beginning the contest on the back foot, Korea fought back to finish the first half on top.

Nesterov remained the busier of the two goalkeepers at the start of the second half with another flying one-handed save to beat away Lee Jeong-hyeop’s header from Ki Sung-yueng’s 47th minute free-kick.

Both sides, though, enjoyed plenty of possession inside the final third during an open second 45 minutes with the goalkeepers at either end of the field having to remain on their toes as Lee Keun-ho fired into the side netting with just under 20 minutes remaining following a lapse in concentration by the Uzbekistan defence.

Korea then enjoyed their own stroke of luck with 12 minutes remaining as Lutfulla Turaev headed wide at the back post from Sardor Rashidov’s chipped cross with the goal at his mercy and goalkeeper Kim struggling to recover.

Group A winners Korea were able to finish the end of normal time on top, but after Nam failed to connect with the goal at his mercy inside the final 10 minutes, the first draw of the tournament sent the tie to extra-time.

But with just over a minute of the first half of extra-time remaining, Nesterov was unable to hold Son’s stooping close range header from Kim Jin-su’s deflected cross and the ball crept across the line to finally break the deadlock after Shukhrat Mukhammadiev had conceded possession close to the touchline.

And with just over a minute remaining at the end of the second half of extra-time Son repeated the feat as the forward fired high into the roof of the net from Cha Du-ri’s pass with Uzbekistan caught short at the back as they searched for an equaliser.

Photo: WSG

 

Source : Asian Football Confederation website

Myanmar 0-2 Korea Republic #KOR

Bangkok: Korea Republic kicked-off their quest to reach the FIFA World Cup for the ninth time in succession began on Tuesday with an assured 2-0 victory over Myanmar as the 2015 AFC Asian Cup runners-up made a winning start to their 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup joint-qualifying campaign.

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors midfielder Lee Jae-sung put the Koreans in the driving seat when the 22-year-old struck with ten minutes of the first half remaining with his second senior international goal following the winner in the Taeguk Warriors’ 1-0 friendly defeat of New Zealand back in March.

The Koreans doubled their advantage in the 67th minute with what transpired to be the final goal of the game, which came courtesy of Bayer Leverkusen star Son Heung-min (pictured) as Uli Stielike’s side joined Kuwait and Lebanon, who defeated Laos by an identical score line in Tuesday’s other fixture, at the top of the Group B standings.

The participating teams will compete according to a double round robin format, with the Round 2 qualification matches being held between June 11, 2015 and March 29, 2016.

The group winners and four best runners-up (total 12 teams) will advance to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup finals and the final round of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The next best 24 teams from the preliminary stage of the joint qualifiers will compete in a separate competition for the remaining slots (12 slots or 11 slots + 1 slot for the host) in the 24-team 2019 Asian Cup.

Photo: AFP

 

Asian Football Confederation

Mile Jedinak: Asian Cup win can push Oz football to ‘next level’

Mile Jedinak says he hopes the Socceroos Asian Cup success will help take football to the “next level” in Australia and the Australian national team skipper rates the achievement the highlight of his career.

Jedinak used his “Captain’s Column” in Crystal Palace’s match-day program ahead of Thursday morning’s (AEDT) clash with Newcastle United to tell the EPL club’s fans just what the triumph meant to him.

“Just participating in the Asian Cup in my home country was a brilliant experience, but to win it makes it even more special,” Jedinak wrote.

“Being at home and seeing how much everyone got behind not only us, but the whole tournament in itself, was really something special.

“When the final whistle blew after 120 exhausting minutes in the final against South Korea I was overwhelmed about what we had achieved.

“I’m trying to compare it to the play-off final and finding a lot of similarities in how I felt – it was something really special. It’s got to be right up there in all the things I’ve achieved in my career and to be a part of history achieving something for our country is really amazing.

“With it being on home soil, in Sydney, in front of a lot of our family and friends, it goes right to the top of that list.

“Hopefully we can use this success to take interest in football up to the next level in Australia where it needs to be and where it deserves to go.

“Hopefully we can use it as a springboard to help us grow the game over there.”

Jedinak played a key role in the Socceroos historic win, despite battling an ankle injury suffered in the opening game of the tournament against Kuwait.

The inspirational skipper returned for the three knockout stage wins of China, UAE and South Korea in the final but hasn’t featured for Palace since due to the problem.

“After playing so many games in a short space of time I feel OK, there’s a slight bit of fatigue so I’m just managing that and seeing when I’ll be re-introduced to the squad,” he said.

“I picked up an ankle injury in the opening game of the tournament and it’s a little bit of a slight issue but we’ll try and work through that.”

Much changed at Palace while Jedinak was in Australia, with new manager Alan Pardew coming in to try and help the club move out of the relegation zone.

And the ex-Central Coast midfielder said seeing the side’s results improve while in Socceroos camp gave him a massive boost.

“I managed to keep track of how Palace were getting on fairly easily over in Australia. They show all the games and even though I didn’t get up in all hours in the morning to watch them live, I was quick to check my phone when I woke up in the morning,” Jedinak said.

“I was pleased to see that everyone here has been doing their job and doing really well which is encouraging.

“When I found out each good result that helped me start the day in one of my better moods!”

Source : Football Federation Austrália Website

Socceroos climb 37 places to No.63 on FIFA rankings

February 12, 2015 – 9:21PM

The Socceroos have leapt 37 places in the FIFA World Rankings to 63 on the back of their Asian Cup triumph.

The significant move up the rankings comes after the team dropped only one match throughout the tournament, when they lost in the group stage to South Korea, the team they would ultimately vanquish in the final.

The 37-position climb was not the biggest in the latest addition of the rankings though.

African minnows Equatorial Guinea jumped a huge 69 places to be ranked 49 in the world on the back of their African Cup of Nations performance, where they finished fourth when losing a penalty shootout to DR Congo.

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While there wasn’t much action at the pointy end, the Asian Cup saw plenty of movement among the AFC.

Iran moved up 10 places to be the top Asian team at 41, while South Korea jumped up 15 spots to 54.

Semi-finalists Iraq jumped 20 places to 94.

Despite a shock quarter-final loss to the UAE, Japan only dropped one place to 55, the biggest losers being Qatar who dropped 17 spots to 109.

At the top, Germany maintained their No.1 ranking ahead of Argentina, Colombia, Belgium and the Netherlands and there were no new entries into the top 10.

African champions Ivory Coast did crack the top 20 though, moving up eight spots to be ranked the world game’s 20th-best side.

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Source : The Canberra Times

South Korean press talks about Korea Republic loss in AFC Asian Cup 2015 final

SYDNEY, Jan. 31 (Yonhap) — South Korea fell to Australia 2-1 in extra time in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup final on Saturday, failing to end a 55-year title drought at the continental tournament.

South Korea’s first defeat at the tournament came at the most inopportune time, as the country came up achingly short of its first Asian Cup title since 1960.

After the teams ended the 90 minutes of play tied at 1-1, James Troisi scored in the final seconds of the first extra period, as the Socceroos lifted their first Asian Cup trophy in their third appearance in the tournament.

With the defeat, South Korea has the most runner-up finishes at the Asian Cup with four, one more than Saudi Arabia.

South Korea entered the final at Stadium Australia having won five consecutive matches without allowing a goal. Then Massimo Luongo solved the South Korean defense with the clock ticking down in the first half, taking a feed from Trent Sainsbury and burying it behind goalkeeper Kim Jin-hyeon from the top of the arc.

Son Heung-min pulled South Korea from the brink of defeat with a dramatic goal in the dying moments of regulation, but the host proved too much for South Korea to handle in extra time.

Australia had a quick start before fading away. Captain Mille Jedinak sent a free kick just over the bar in the eighth minute, but the host failed to build on the early momentum as South Korea applied pressure in midfield.

South Korea threatened midway through, with Kwak Tae-hwi’s header missing the near post in the 23rd minute. On the other end in the ensuing player, Australian forward Tim Cahill got deep inside the box for a hard shot, but goalkeeper Kim Jin-hyeon was there to meet the challenge.

South Korean players console each other after losing to Australia 2-1 in the final of the AFC Asian Cup on Jan. 31, 2015, in Sydney. (Yonhap)

South Korean players console each other after losing to Australia 2-1 in the final of the AFC Asian Cup on Jan. 31, 2015, in Sydney. (Yonhap)

Son Heung-min missed consecutive opportunities after the half-hour mark. Kim Jin-su set up Son with a sharp cross in the 36th but the left-foot volley sailed over the bar. Two minutes later, Cha Du-ri sped down the right flank and fed Son for an open chance, but his shot went off a defender and out of play.

Just when the teams seemed headed for a scoreless half, Luongo put Australia on board with his right-foot strike.

The two sides kept trading jabs in the second half. Kwak again put his head on a free kick, this time sending one into the arms of Matthew Ryan in the Austrailan net in the 58th.

The very next minute, Matthew Leckie had a one-on-one opportunity on Kim Jin-hyeon, but the South Korean custodian turned aside the hard shot from close range.

Australia ratcheted up its defensive intensity as it tried to hold on for the victory. Son almost spoiled the party after taking a nifty pass from Ki Sung-yueng and flicking it over Ryan for the dramatic equalizer.

In extra time, though, Troisi came through for the host. Tomi Juric had the ball deep on the right side and got free from defender Kim Jin-su to send a low cross. Goalkeeper Kim Jin-hyeon dove and punched it toward the middle, but Troisi jumped on the rebound to put Australia ahead for good.

South Korea coach Uli Stielike rued missed opportunities in the first half and the defensive lapse in extra time on Troisi’s scoring play.

“It’s a shame that we lost the final because the way we played showed that we did not deserve to lose,” he said. “We don’t have the Cup but the way we played today, we are also champions.”

Ange Postecoglou, the victorious coach, said he was proud of the way his players regrouped after having the victory in regulation snatched away from their grasp.

“To concede a goal in the last minute really tested us as a group and the players stood up once again,” he said. “Full credit to them, I couldn’t be prouder of them and it’s great for our country.”

South Korea had 16 total shots to Australia’s 12, while the host had four shots on net, one more than South Korea. Australia also enjoyed an edge in possession, 52.6 percent to 47.4 percent.

Five Australian players drew yellow cards, including three defensive backs, though South Korea couldn’t take advantage.

Luongo, who scored the opening goal in the final, was named the Player of the Tournament. The 22-year-old scored twice and set up four goals as the champion’s playmaker.

Ali Mabkhout of the United Arab Emirates took the Golden Boot as the tournament’s top scorer with five goals. Matthew Ryan of Australia captured the Golden Glove as the competition’s best goalkeeper.

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Source : Yonhap

Korea Republic v Australia: Match Facts

Australia have created history by claiming their first ever AFC Asian Cup title after defeating Korea Republic 2-1.

Substitute James Troisi was the hero on the night after he struck in the 105th minute to give the Socceroos an historic victory in Sydney.

Tournament Most Valuable Player Massimo Luongo gave Australia a 1-0 lead in the 44thminute, however Korea Republic momentarily broke the hearts of the local fans as star striker Son Heung-min equalised one minute into extra time.

Not to be outdone, the Socceroos who, were buoyed by a vocal Australian crowd. secured the victory and created Australian footballing history.

Here are the key stats to emerge from the match:

The win gave the Socceroos their first ever AFC Asian Cup title since being introduced into the Confederation in 2006. Korea Republic’s loss continues their 55-year drought without a title.

Despite the loss, Korea Republic had more shots during the match with 3 on target and 7 off target. Australia on the other hand had 4 shots on target with 5 off target.

Ill-discipline on the night did not count for much as the host-nation conceded 5 yellow cards to Korea Republic’s 0.

Possession was relatively even as Australia had 52.6% of possession, just edging out their opponents 47.4%.

Territorial advantage didn’t prove a major factor during the match either with both team’s share of territory relatively even as Korea Republic held onto a 53% advantage to Australia’s 47%.

Apart from bring crowned champions of Asia on the night, Australia were also awarded the Fair Play Award for competing in the best spirit of the game.

The Socceroos finished the tournament with the most goals having scored 14 in their six matches. They also conceded the equal least (2) – the same amount as Korea Republic.​

Photo: WSG

Source  : Asian Football Confederation Website