South Korea to Face Australia in 2015 AFC Asian Cup

kpopluv, Jan. 28, 2015, 9:21 a.m.

Korea will play Australia in the final of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Sydney on Saturday after the hosts defeated the UAE 2-0 in Tuesday's semifinal in Newcastle.  Korea moved a step closer to its first Asian Cup title in 55 years by defeating Iraq 2-0 on Monday. Korea will be playing its first final since 1988, when it finished runner-up to Saudi Arabia. 

On Tuesday, both of Australia's goals came in the first half, and both off the boots of defenders, with Trent Sainsbury scoring in the third minute and Jason Davidson in the 14th.  Throughout the tournament, Australia has been strong offensively, scoring a total of 12 goals, at an average of 2.4 per match. Ten Australian players have found the back of the net, led by Tim Cahill with three goals. Having a range of players with scoring ability makes Australia a tough opponent.

Korea beat Australia 1-0 when they met in the previous round on Jan. 17. But at the time Australia took the field without some of its key players -- including Cahill -- presumably because it had already secured a quarterfinal berth and wanted to rest them ahead of more important games.

As the Korean players waited to find out whom they would be facing in the final, national team manager Uli Stielike traveled to Newcastle on Tuesday to watch Australia play the UAE. After the match, he told reporters Korea has a chance to win if the players keep on doing what they've been doing.


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