South Korea cheers, Bahrain goes home disappointed: Only in the extension of the round of 16 at the Asian Cup is the decision in favor of the “Taegeuk Warriors”. Your next opponent is the upcoming World Cup host.

In the end, it was hard work – more than you might have guessed in the run up to the match against outsiders Bahrain. But thanks to better nerves in extra time, South Korea has reached the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup in the UAE. Hee-Chan Hwang from Hamburger SV played a large part in this: The 22-year-old shot his team in the 2-1 (1-1, 1-0) victory in the 43rd minute in the lead. Previously, Bahrain’s keeper had cleared a sharp, low cross from the right with his foot. However, he blocked the ball in the middle. Hwang stood about ten yards in front of the gate, dusting off icy cold.

Mohamed Al Romaihi equalized for the Gulf State 13 minutes before the end of regular time. While a South Korean injured on the ground, Bahrain played on left to front. A shot from Mahdi Al-Humaidan was blocked by Hong Chul on the line, but in the second half of Al Romaihi, South Korea’s defensive did not have a chance to intervene successfully (77 ‘).

So it went into extra time, in which the South Koreans then proved their class: Yong Lee drove the ball in injury time in the first half of the extension on the right attack side forward and hit a perfect cross in front of the Bahraini goal. At the far post – defenseless – defender Jin-Su Kim waited deliberately for the header and set against the running direction of the goalkeeper to 2: 1 final score (105. + 2).

Qatar’s free-kick skills

Football AFC Asian Cup Qatar - Iraq (picture-alliance / AP Photo / H. Ammar)

Qatar’s number 15 has struck again

The South Koreans, who had entered the winners’ list of the Asian Cup in 1956 and 1960 and have been waiting for another success for 58 years, will now face the next FIFA World Cup host Qatar in the round of the last eight. The Qatari put in the last knockout round 1-0 (0-0) against Iraq, Asian Cup winner of 2007 by. Once again, Qatar’s Bassam Al-Rawi made a direct free-kick into the opposing goalies. In the 62nd minute, the defender took measure and scored the deciding goal. Al-Rawi had already scored a free-kick in the preliminary round against Lebanon.

In the other quarter-finals, Vietnam meet record winners Japan, hosts United Arab Emirates defending champions Australia and China playing Iran.

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