Malaysia almost ruins Korea’s reputation

Doha, January 25 (Bernama) — Harimau Malaya drew 3-3 against two-time champions South Korea in the final Group E match of the 2023 Asian Cup at Al Janoub Stadium here today. He showed his stripes and nearly caused an upset.

Midfielder Jung Woo-young scored South Korea’s first goal in the 21st minute, and Malaysia took the lead 17 minutes into the second half with a goal from Mohammad Faisal Abdul Halim and a penalty kick from Arif Ayman Mohd Hanapi. .

However, South Korea tied the score with 10 minutes left in regulation time thanks to an own goal by goalkeeper Ahmad Shihan Hazmi Mohamed, and took a 3-2 lead in stoppage time with a penalty kick from Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min. I stole it.

Romel Morales, a naturalized substitute who came on as a substitute, scored in the 15th minute of stoppage time to lead Malaysia to a draw and emerged as Malaysia’s hero.

As a result, South Korea remained second in the group with five points, while Malaysia finished the tournament with a sense of satisfaction, picking up one point and scoring three goals against one of Asia’s giants.

Bahrain defeated Jordan 1-0 to earn six points and win the group, but even with the loss, Jordan, who earned four points, will advance to the Round of 16 as one of the top four teams in third place. was able to obtain the right to participate.

Korea Republic captain Son quickly ran into the penalty area, evaded two players and fired a powerful shot in the 15th minute, but his shot was saved by Ahmad Shihan, earning an early warning. was uttered.

In the 21st minute, Jurgen Klinsmann finally took the lead. A corner kick was headed in by Chong, but it appeared to be saved by Ahmad Sheehan, but VAR confirmed that the ball crossed the goal line in the right corner.

Malaysia, who lost their first two matches, got off to a strong start in the second half, with Mohammad Faisal leveling the score after Arif Ayman failed to convert a chance created by Darren Lock’s pressure on the opposition goalmouth. It took him only six minutes to catch up.

The crowd went wild when VAR decided to award Malaysia a penalty after Arif Ayman was brought down by Sol Yong-woo. Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT), a 22-year-old player, calmly slotted the ball past Cho Hyun-woo in the 62nd minute.

Dominating possession 86-14, South Korea’s relentless attacking finally paid off in the 83rd minute after Ahmad Sheehan deflected the ball into the net while trying to stop Lee Kang-in’s beautiful free kick.

Two more goals came in the 15th minute of stoppage time, with Son scoring a penalty after Oh Hyun-gyu was brought down by defender Junior Erdostal, and Morales scoring a last-minute equalizer to end South Korea’s hopes of picking up three points. I smashed it.

This is the second time Malaysia and South Korea have met in the group stage of the Asian Cup, with the two teams drawing 1-1 in the 1980 Kuwait tournament. Former forward Zulkifli Hamza scored the equalizing goal for Malaysia.

The last time the two countries met in an official match was in the 1989 World Cup qualifiers, with Malaysia losing 3-0.

— Bernama

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