Australia rejoiced on Saturday as the Socceroos won their first-ever Asian Cup title by beating South Korea 2-1 after extra time in Sydney’s Olympic Stadium.
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The hosts, who lost to South Korea 1-o in their Group A encounter, went 1-0 up on the stroke of half time as player of the tournament Massimo Luongo finished superbly from the edge of the box. That goal was the first South Korea had conceded throughout the whole tournament, but they equalized in second-half stoppage time to take the game to extra time as Son Hyeung-min blasted home to make it 1-1.
Australia’s hero emerged in the 105th minute as James Troisi tapped home the winning goal following a wonderful piece of skill from Tomi Juric to set up the chance.
Since joining the Asian Confederation in 2006, Australia have their first title as they lost in the final to Japan 1-0 four years ago in Qatar. As for South Korea, they haven’t won the Asian Cup since 1960 and has now lost all of their last four finals.
In front of a packed crowd in Sydney, Australia claimed the title on home soil with Crystal Palace’s Mile Jedinak lifting the trophy plus veteran Tim Cahill, who is expected to retire from the Socceroos following this tournament, led the celebrations.
Below is a video of the celebrations, as a terrific competitions in Oz came to a close on Saturday.