Korea, Saudi Arabia Play in Overtime in Asian Cup Round of 16

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Korea, Saudi Arabia Play in Overtime in Asian Cup Round of 16... Cho Kyu-sung's Dramatic Equalizer

Klinsmann, who is trying to win the Asian Cup for the first time in 64 years, was unable to decide the winner for 90 minutes in the round of 16 against Saudi Arabia, the first hurdle, and headed to overtime.

The Korean national soccer team, led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, was tied 1-1 after 90 minutes of the first and second halves in the round of 16 of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup against Saudi Arabia held at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar on the 31st (Korean time).

It ended with a draw. 

Korea conceded a goal to Abdullah Radif in the first minute of the second half, but in the 54th minute of the second half, Cho Gyu-seong (Midtjylland) scored a dramatic equalizer to bring the game back to square one.

On this day, Coach Klinsmann came out with a three-back starting lineup for the first time since his appointment.

Three central defenders, from the left, Kim Young-kwon (Ulsan), Kim Min-jae (Munich), and Jeong Seung-hyeon (Ulsan), formed the last line, with Seol Young-woo (Ulsan) in left defense and Kim Tae-hwan (Jeonbuk) in right defense.

The midfield was led by Hwang In-beom (Zvezda) and Lee Jae-seong (Mainz), and Son Heung-min (Tottenham) led by Jung Woo-young (Stuttgart) on the left and Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain) on the right made up the top three.

The goalkeeper gloves were worn by 
Jo Hyun-woo (Ulsan).

Saudi Arabia also used a three-back as they had done in the group stage, and both teams played cautiously and fought in the midfield.

The game, which had been somewhat boring as the first shot for both teams only came in the 13th minute of the first half, began to heat up in the mid to late half of the first half as Son Heung-min created several threatening scenes by penetrating into the back space.

In the 26th minute of the first half, when Kim Tae-hwan passed a long pass, Son Heung-min fired a right-footed shot with only one defense in front, but the shot was blocked by the goalkeeper's save.

Saudi Arabia also did not sit still.

Korea was faced with a heartbreaking situation after a Saudi set piece in the 41st minute of the first half.

In a corner kick situation, headers from Al-Shahri and Ali Razami hit the goal post one after another.

Then, when Salim Aldausari attempted a third header aimed at the left side of the goal, Minjae Kim cleared it with his head before the ball crossed the goal line.

After an anxious first half, Korea ended up conceding a goal in just one minute of the second half.

After receiving Aldausari's penetration pass, Abdullah Radif scored with a left-footed ground ball shot from the left side of the goal area.

As the losing streak continued, 
Coach Klinsmann brought in Jung Woo-young and Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton) in the 9th minute of the second half, and in the 19th minute of the second half, he replaced Jeong Seung-hyun and Lee Jae-seong and brought in Park Yong-woo (Al Ain) and Cho Kyu-seong.

With Jeong Seung-hyun missing, Korea's defensive line returned to the familiar back four.

Korea attacked the Saudi camp at the last minute, but the expected goal was not achieved.

In the 40th minute of the second half, Hwang In-beom's non-stop shot following Hwang Hee-chan's cutback, Son Heung-min's left-footed shot in the ensuing situation, and Seol Young-woo's header following Lee Kang-in's cross were all blocked by the opposing defense.

With 10 minutes of extra time given, Cho Gyu-sung's header following Lee Kang-in's cross in the 48th minute of the second half hit the crossbar.

Korea continued to pound, eventually sending the game to overtime thanks to Jo Kyu-sung's header in the 54th minute of the second half.

Cho Gyu-seong received a header pass from Seol Young-woo from the left with his head in front of the goal, opening the Saudi goal.

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