Goals scored: Dae-won 56 ‘, Dong-gyeong 76’.
Dominating Australia for 90 minutes, South Korea deserved to win the second ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The students Kim Hak Bum finished 21 times the whole match and did not let the opponent hit the goal. The ball went three times to the Australian post, before Dae-won and Dong-gyeong scored goals in the blank posture, helping Korea to win 2-0.
Australia only played on par with opponents in the first 20 minutes. When South Korea gave up the exploration game, opportunities began to come to Korea’s side more. The most dangerous situation in the first half came from Oh Se Hun’s long-range shot in the 24th minute. The 1m93 striker turned around with his left foot, brought the ball to the post.
Korea’s strong point in the tournament is the long shot. This match, almost half of the red-shirt finishes came outside the box. Along with Se Hun, Dae-won is the most aggressive player to shoot. At the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half, the midfielder No. 14 created waves in the direction of goalkeeper Glover.
The huge pressure at the beginning of the second half was concretized by Korea in the 56th minute. Defender Lee You-hyeon broke the post from the right, the ball went to Dae-won and the number 14 player did not miss the opportunity. Kick back into the empty goal.
Australia needs to score in the rest, but is helpless. South Korea has shown it to be healthier, faster, and more skilled in tactics. The students Kim Hak Bum put the ball for two players to be replaced, Dong-jun and Dong-gyeong. The duo constantly rushed past the Australian defenders in the last 20 minutes of the match. In such a situation, Dong-gyeong scored the winner at 76 minutes after finishing on the near corner.
The outstanding performance against Australia showed why South Korea is the only team to win the tournament so far. In the final, they will meet Saudi Arabia – the team has conceded only one goal from the beginning of the tournament. Australia will face Uzbekistan in the third place match, which is also the final match for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.