Korea squeezed into this year’s Asian Cup quarter-finals as they stunned co-host Indonesia with a narrow 1 – 0 victory in Group D’s last face-off at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium on Wednesday.
|Indonesia's goalkeeper Markus Rihihina intercepts a wing cross towards Kim Sang-sik|
The result saw Korea take the Indonesians’ second place in Group D, and they will take on Iran at Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.
Kim Jung-woo scored the only goal of the game when his shot from the edge of the box was deflected past Indonesian goalkeeper Markus Rihihina in the 34th minute.
Despite both sides needing a win to secure a place in quarter finals, the game started cautiously with Son Dae-ho coming close when he sent a loose ball off-target after a flap by goalkeeper Markus.
The Indonesians looked dangerous on the stroke of half time, with Elie Aiboy firing just over the bar from the edge of the six-yard box after a searing run into the Korean half by Firman Utina had the visitors panicking.
But the Koreans went in front in the 33rd minute when Lee Chun-soo ran superbly past two Indonesian defenders before teeing up Kim Jung-woo, whose right-foot shot hit defender Muhammad Ridwan to leave goalie Markus rooted to the spot.
The home side did not wilt and they had a glorious chance to level but Elie’s run into the penalty area ended with a shot across the face of goal rather than Lee Woon-jae picking it out of the net.
The Koreans, however, managed to stand firm until the final whistle to take a spot in the competition’s knockout stage.