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AFC Asian Cup 2023: S. Korea Stun KSA 4-2 by Penalties

Wed 31 Jan 2024 | 11:02 AM
A Scene from KSA- South Korea Game - AFC Asian Cup
A Scene from KSA- South Korea Game - AFC Asian Cup
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On Tuesday, South Korea defeated KSA 4-2 by penalties in the AFC Asian Cup Round of the Last 16 after their tie ended 1-1 after extra time at Education City Stadium, Qatar.

KSA took the lead immediately in the game as Abdullah Radif received a pass from Salem Al-Dawsari and hit the nets of the Korean team.

But in the final minute of the added time, Korea's Cho-Gue-Sung saved his country's team and hit the equalizer.

Various promising stars in the Saudi team presented outstanding performances like the goalkeeper Ali Al Kassar.

None of both teams managed to hit the victory goal during the extra time, so they moved to the penalties which ended 4-2 for the Koreans.

One of the critical scenes in the game is KSA's coach Mancini walking to the tunnel before the end of the penalities.

Mancini said after the game: "I apologize for this, I thought the shootout was over," adding: "I don't think you understand the level of Korea, it's too high. They have incredible players.

"I'm very sad after conceding a goal in the last minute and losing a penalty shootout. I don't understand why 10 minutes of extra time was added. As a team it's clear we have to improve more at this level, we have to work."