South Korea and Australia drew 2-2 in Seoul on Saturday (November 10) in the second of their two Asian-Zone World Cup Soccer matches.
South Korea and Australia drew 2-2 in Seoul on Saturday (November 10) in the second of their two Asian-Zone World Cup Soccer matches. The winner will go through to World Cup Finals in West Germany next year, but before that they must play a decider in Hong Kong.
The two teams had already drawn in the first leg in Sydney, but it looked as if South Korea would soon settle the matter. Playing from left to right in front of a home crowd of 27,000, they took a two-goal lead through Kim Jae-Han, in the 15th minute, and Koh Jae-Wook, in the 28th minute. By half time, Jimmy Mackay had pulled one back for the Australians. Shortly after half time, the Australians equalised through Roy Baartz. Although the Australians had more of the game up to the final whistle, they could not score the winner.
Both sides took off for Hong Kong the following day to play the decider.
SYNOPSIS: South Korea, playing in the white shorts from left to right, kicked off in Seoul on Saturday, in their second recent soccer match with Australia. The match would decide which of them goes through from the Asian Zone to the World Cup Soccer Finals in West Germany next year. The two teams had already drawn in the first leg in Sydney. The early minutes were tense and scrappy.
Then, Kim Jae-Han nipped in to put the South Koreans one goal ahead in the 15th minute.
The twenty-seven thousand home crowd were delighted, and, in the twenty-eighth minute, the Koreans went further ahead when Joe Jae-Wook knocked the ball through a crowd of players and past the groping goal-keeper.
The Australians pulled one back a minute later when Jimmy Mackay headed into the net.
Australian morale visibly improved, and by the time they went in at half time, with the score at two-one, they were playing well.
The Australians, now playing from left to right, kicked off in the second half with renewed confidence. Their superior stamina began to grind down the neatness and agility of the South Koreans.
The crowd sensed the match was in the balance.
Then, shortly after half time, Ray Baartz scored the equaliser for the Australians.
But the Australians could not get the winner. Which side goes to West Germany has still not been decided. For the present, they are only going as far as Hong Kong for the decider.