Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Saturday, September 22, 2018 04:06:16 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter
BREAKING NEWS:

South Korea reach Asian Cup final with victory over Iraq

By Agency
27th-Jan-2015       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Korea Republic are now just 90 minutes away from breaking their 55-year Asian Cup drought with their semi-final win eliminating a spirited but ultimately outclassed Iraq.
Goals from Lee Jeong-hyeop and Kim Young-gwon early in each half in Sydney quelled any Iraqi hopes of reprising their storied Asian Cup victory of 2007.
The pair were meeting for the first time since the semi-final of that same tournament when the Pim Verbeek-coached Koreans were edged on penalties by Iraq.
The odds heading into this encounter were in favour of the better-credentialed Koreans who had an extra day's rest, while Iraq were faced with the challenge of putting the mental and physical strain of their two-hour epic against oldest foes Iran behind them.
So too, Korea had not lost in the knockout stage - other than on penalties - since 2004. Not that Korea could look too much to history for inspiration. They have not been crowned Asia's best since 1960, this despite a record eight-successive World Cup qualifications.
Iraq were missing Yaser Kasim due to suspension, that blow coming after the Swindon Town team-mate of Socceroo Massimo Luongo had proved himself an important midfield cog both in defence and going forward for Iraq. In attack, Younus Mahmoud was offered only modest support at times, but the match-winner from that unlikely win in Jakarta eight years ago was animated even by his standards, and looked primed to continue his role as team talisman.
That this was a clash of cultures was clear, but so too was there a distinct clash of style. Iraq's nerve-shredding win over Iran in the quarter-final was all heart and instinctive reaction. Korea, in contrast, have arguably proven themselves the most disciplined side in the tournament under the firm hand of German coach Uli Stielike. Indeed, the chunkily monikered Taeguk Warriors entered the match as the only team yet to concede a goal.
Within seconds an early chance fell Korea's way as Han Kyo-won narrowly failed to get a head on a deep cross, raising the decibel levels amid some lingering pre-match rain. Not that the hefty and excitable contingent of Korean and Iranian fans needed any encouragement. Any relatively innocuous movement over halfway was invariably met with wild excitement from the 36,053 crowd, the largest for a match not involving Australia at the tournament.
An early caution for Korea captain Ki Sung-yueng was fully deserved and evidence that referee Ryuji Sato of Japan was not going to entertain extra latitude for the occasion - an accusation levelled at some referees last year at Brazil 2014 during the business end of the tournament.
Both teams seemed keen to make an early impression, but it was Korea who secured the all-important opening goal. Forward Son Heung-min, scorer of both goals in the quarter-final win over Uzbekistan, was given far too much time to line up a shot as he bore down on the Iraq penalty area, but his fierce effort was adroitly palmed over the crossbar by goalkeeper Jalal Hassan.

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Rohingya crisis: UN is helpless without active cooperation of int'l community


THE United Nations was established with a mission to stop brutality and promotion of human rights across the globe but at present is apparently helpless to stop the Myanmar military atrocity on Rohingya ethnic community. Though the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the ...

Cricket »

India rout Pakistan by eight wickets in Asia Cup


AFP, Dubai :India crushed Pakistan by eight wickets in their long-awaited Asia Cup match which failed to live up to its hype in Dubai on Wednesday.Pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-15) and part time off-spinner Kedar Jadhav (3-23) sent Pakistan, who won the toss and batted, collapsing to just 162 all ...

Football »

We aim to play SAFF U-16 Women's final: Choton


Bangladesh U-18 national women's football team head coach Golam Rabanni Choton said they aim to play the final of the SAFF U-18 Women's Championship which is scheduled to be held from September 28 to October 7 in Thimpu, Bhutan.He was speaking at a pre-departure press conference on Thursday at the ...

International »

US-North Korea relations making 'tremendous progress': Trump


President Donald Trump on Wednesday said US relations with North Korea are making "tremendous progress" from the days before his presidency when the two countries appeared close to "going to war."Trump said a recent letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un confirmed the positive track, which he said has ...

City »

Newly elected executive members of Bangladesh Photo Journalists Association paid a courtesy call on Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan at his ministry on Thursday.


Entertainment »

Not always necessary to do issue-based films: Yami Gautam


Actress Yami Gautam, who stars in Batti Gul Meter Chalu, says it is neither necessary nor possible for an actor to do issue-based films all the time. Yami was interacting with the media here on Wednesday at a promotional press conference of the film that releases on Friday. She was ...

Football »

Japanese MMA star Norifumi 'Kid' Yamamoto dies at 41


Tributes flowed Wednesday for charismatic Japanese Mixed Martial Artist ( MMA) Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto, who died at age 41, three weeks after announcing a battle with cancer.Born to a family of wrestlers and martial artists, the wiry, tattoo-covered Yamamoto took on larger opponents in a wide range of MMA events, ...

Editorial »

Ecological danger for destroying forest by Rohingyas


A STUDY has revealed that 4,300 acres of hills and forests have been razed in Cox's Bazar to set up refugee camps and cooking fuel for Rohingyas who fled ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. Quoting the study, news media reported that about 3,000-4,000 acres of hill land at Teknaf and Ukhia ...

International »

Kim agrees to dismantle main nuke site if US takes steps too


AP,  Pyongyang :The leaders of North and South Korea announced a wide range of agreements Wednesday which they said were a major step toward peace on the Korean Peninsula. But the premier pledge on denuclearization contained a big condition, with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stating he'd permanently dismantle ...

International »

Sex with Trump 'least impressive' she's ever had: Daniels


Stormy Daniels, the porn star who claims to have slept with Donald Trump over a decade ago, says in her upcoming tell-all book that it may have been the "least impressive sex" she'd ever had, The Guardian reported Tuesday.In her book, "Full Disclosure," Daniels also provides a graphic description of ...

Entertainment »

I`m seen as a fierce and opinionated woman post Bigg Boss: Hina Khan


Actor Hina Khan believes Bigg Boss helped her showcase her real personality, which is that of a woman who does not shy away from speaking her mind. The actor became one of the most talked about contestants on the 11th edition of the reality TV show, which has just begun ...

City »

Dhaka University teachers formed a human chain programme on the campus on Wednesday demanding release and proper treatment of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.


Editorial »

We welcome Islamabad for awarding Bangladeshi-origin refugees Pakistan`s nationality


PAKISTAN government has decided to grant nationality to all Pakistan-born refugees of Bangladeshi and Afghan origins staying there for decades. Prime Minister Mr Imran Khan on Sunday made this announcement during his maiden visit to Karachi, saying the Bangladeshi and Afghan refugees who were born in Pakistan would get National ...

Sports »

Argentina's Facundo Conte (left) and teammate Alexis Gonzalez celebrate during the Men's World Championships' volleyball match between Argentina and Slovenia, in Florence, Italy on Monday.


Football »

FIFA president Infantino has doubts about La Liga match in Miami


AFP, Barcelona :FIFA president Gianni Infantino has expressed concern about La Liga's proposal to stage a fixture between Girona and Barcelona in the United States.The two clubs have each approved a request submitted to the Spanish Football Federation for the match to be played at the Hard Rock Stadium in ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news