Australia have stayed in the race to reach the world cup soccer finals by beating South Korea two-one in an Asian group qualifying match.
Australia have stayed in the race to reach the world cup soccer finals by beating South Korea two-one in an Asian group qualifying match. But the game was marred by an incident in which the South Korean goal-keeper had to be carried off the field after colliding with an Australian attacker.
SYNOPSIS: Australia were battling to save their chances of playing in the world cup finals after losing to Iran two weeks ago -- but they got off to a disastrous start in Sydney on Saturday (27 August) when Korean winger Chua Buem Kuen scored in the twenty third minute.
Australia fought back in the first half but their attacks weren't effective and they had little impact on the Korean defenders. When the half time whistle blew the Australians were still a goal behind.
There was a hostile reception for Australian Jim Shoulder when he brought the same squad back onto the field for the second half without making any substitutions.
The Australian knew that if they lost this match they'd have virtually no hope of reaching next year's finals in Argentina. Iran's one-nil victory in Melbourne had given them five points from three away matches and a comfortable position at the top of the Asian world cup table.
Australia's hopes finally rose in the 63rd minute again when forward John Kosmina slotted the ball home after it had rebounded from a direct free kick.
Striker Atti Abonyi was brought on to improve Australia's chances of winning but he'd only been on the field for two minutes when he was involved in a collision with South Korean goalkeeper Byun Ho Young.
The Korean coach later claimed that Byun had been kicked deliberately. Abonyi said the collision had been accidental. Shortly afterwards in the 74th minute Kosmina scored again from a rebound. The result left Australia in second place one point behind Iran in the Asian table.