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Sydney – South Korea had to settle for being runner-up in the 2015 Asian Cup after a 1-2 defeat of Australia. But the coach Uli Stielike assess his team deserved a better outcome of the game.
In the top of the party at Stadium Australia, Sydney, Saturday (31/01/2015), the South behind first. Toward the end of the first half, Massimo Luongo scored to give Australia a 1-0 lead over South Korea when entering halftime.
South Korean efforts to equalize new to fruition in the second half injury time. Son Heung-min goal cancels Australian victory is in sight at the same time forcing the game continued into extra time.
In extra time, the South Korean goalkeeper kembal broken. This time the kick substitute, James Troisi, who grabbed the ball gag ensure a 2-1 win for Australia.
Despite losing, Stielike remains proud of the struggle young protege. The Taeguk Warriors calls remain champion despite not bring home the trophy.
“I do not agree that we are not a champion, I agree that we do not have the trophy but our players captured the hearts of many and the many messages I received after the game, everyone gave a standing ovation to the players,” said Stielike on the official website of the tournament.
“It was a game that could have ended a victory for one team. I think that is the best for this match is a draw and each team took home the trophy for two years.”
“But it can not be like that. Final is coming at the right time and place and I can not say much more,” said the German coach.
This is the fourth time for the South was runner-up in the Asian Cup (1972, 1980, 1988, 2015). South Korea has two titles, each of which won in 1956 and 1960.