Socceroos Chasing Final Revenge

Can the Socceroos make it over the final hurdle? Image courtesy of fourfourtwo.com

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Australia v South Korea


Stadium Australia, Sydney

  Saturday January 31 –   7:00pm (AEST)

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2011 runners-up and host nation Australia face an undefeated South Korean outfit in Saturday night’s Asian Cup Final.

The Socceroos cruised into the tournament decider with a comfortable win over the UAE. Early goals from two of the unlikeliest of sources in Trent Sainsbury and Jason Davidson set the tone for the hosts. From the first whistle, Australia dominated in every department. Mat Ryan was practically a bystander for much of the match, and Ange Postecoglou’s decision to go with youth over experience paid off immensely. Often tagged as a one man team with Tim Cahill their go-to man, Australia have dismissed those claims this campaign. The Socceroos have produced 10 different scorers in their five matches, further asserting themselves as one of the most dangerous attacking teams in Asia. The revamped squad failed to penetrate South Korea’s defence in the group stages, however a host of star players started on the bench that night, including Mathew Leckie, Robbie Kruse and Tim Cahill.

Heading into the tournament, South Korea were touted as dark horses, and they’ve duly lived up to the hype. Having beaten the Socceroos 1-0 in Brisbane, they know what it takes to frustrate the hosts. It’s been a stellar run thus far by Uli Stielke’s side, and it’s their defence that has been their crowning jewel. Kim Jin-hyeon is yet to pick a ball out from the back of his net this Asian Cup, and although they’ve heavily relied on their backline to progress, the South Koreans have a clinical attack to match. Despite two goals to his name already, we still haven’t seen the best Son Heung-min has to offer. The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder is yet to reach his full potential individually, however his link up play with forward Lee Jung-hyup has been lethal over the past fortnight.

 

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Tim Cahil


Tournament Goals: 3

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Son Heung-min


Tournament Goals: 2

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Robbie Kruse


Tournament Goals: 1

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Lee Jung-hyub


Tournament Goals: 2

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Mathew Leckie


Tournament Goals: 1

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Lee Keun-ho


Tournament Goals: 0

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