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Written By Jacobs Dunga

Two quarter final games went down on Friday in Qatar at the ongoing Asian Cup.

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The battle of the giants between South Korea and Australia lived up to every single hype.


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The two pre tournament favourites faced off at Al Janoub Stadium for a ticket to the last four.

The Socceroos of Australia suffered their first defeat of the tournament and what serves as an end to their tournament aspirations.

The 2015 winners went up against two time champions South Korea who stole the show to book a semi final spot.

Australia started the better of the two sides and were duly rewarded in the 42nd minute when Craig Goodwin volleyed in from the back post to put the Socceroos ahead going into the break.

The second half started with the Red Devils pushing for an equalizer but met a resolute Australian defence at every single attempt.

Deep into the game and when it looked like the Socceroos were destined for a place in the last four, South Korea were awarded a deserved penalty for a foul on Heung Min Son with Hwang Hee Chan slotting home to force extra time.

The game became an open affair in extra time as both sides tried to win the game.

It looked so much like a penalty shootout would be the only way to settle the game until the 104th minute.

Heung Min Son stood on a free kick just outside the area, stepped up and converted past the Australian goalkeeper to send the crowd into euphoria.

It was the second consecutive game the Red Devils have forced extra time via a late goal and have gone on to win on both occasions.

It spelled the end of the road for Australia who are looking for a second title.

Meanwhile…

Jordan made history with their quarter finals victory over Tajikistan at the ongoing Asian Cup in Qatar.

The Chivalrous defeated their opponents 1-0 to advance to their first ever Asian Cup semi finals.

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Vahdat Hanonov scored in the 66th minute to send his nation into the last four and a possible place in the finals.

Houssaine Ammouta’s side with the victory have definitely surpassed their pre tournament expectations but would hope to make more history by going all the way.

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