South Korea reached their first Asian Cup final since 1998, as they defeat Iraq 2-0 in the first semifinal of the 2015 tournament.
In front of plenty of South Korean fans in Sydney on Monday, youngster Lee Jeong-hyeop continued his fine tournament by scoring his second goal so far, as he headed the Koreans into the lead in the first half.
Just after the break South Korea doubled their lead as Young-gwon’s low shot squirmed into the bottom corner after skipping off the greasy surface.
After beating Iran in an epic penalty shootout in the quarterfinals, Iraq could not launch a heroic comeback as their players looked drained from their last-eight exploits. As for the Korean defense, it had yet to be breached in five games at the tournament. That’s 480 minutes without letting in a goal.
South Korea’s players sunk to their knees at the final whistle after reaching the final of the AFC’s showpiece tournament for the first time in 27 years. They will face the winner of Australia or the United Arab Emirates in the final in Sydney on Saturday.
Semifinal – Australia vs. UAE: 4 a.m. ET