Australia had an extra-time penalty saved as a Park Chu-Young brace saw South Korea through to the quarter-finals. With the two sides making just one change between them from their final group match: Australian captain Erik Paartalu back after suspension in for Matthew Harper.
South Korea, in the last sixteen for the third World Cup in a row, took the lead midway through the first-half through a fantastic diving header by Park Chu-Young. In the first significant attack of the game, the Korean side switched play from left to right with Lee Chung-Yong eventually whipping a delightful cross in for the Atletico Madrid man to head home.
It was a lead that only lasted five minutes until Vito Ryan headed home off the crossbar from Dario Vidusic’s corner swung in to the near post. Ten minutes later, Mihovil Maretic slotted the ball home for Australia following great work from Graham Peach down the right, but the offside flag was raised.
The game went into extra-time after a dull second-half, and Park Chu-Young headed home his second, beating two defenders and Aussie ‘keeper Mitch Langerak to Ki Sung-Yeung’s cross from the left right on the stroke of the extra-time interval.
With five minutes to play, Luca Mavromatis tumbled in the box under pressure from Kang Min-Soo and Felix Brych pointed to the spot despite much protestation from the South Korean side. Matt Harper, on as a second-half substitute, sent the spotkick towards the ‘keeper’s top right but Jung Sung-Ryong made the biggest save of his career.
South Korea will play the winners of Italy and Russia.
FIFA WORLD CUP: SECOND ROUND AUSTRALIA 1-2 SOUTH KOREA (aet) Ryan 28 CY Park 23, 105+1 Maretic YR Lee Mackie Harper