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‘Devastated’ Australia failed to take chances in Asian Cup defeat

The Socceroos looked headed for the semi-finals after Craig Goodwin gave them the lead at the end of the first half and South Korea struggled to find a response.

But Hwang Hee-chan equalised from the penalty spot in the 96th minute before Tottenham star Son Heung-min curled home a free-kick for the winner in the first period of extra time.

Australia were left kicking themselves – they should have doubled their lead 10 minutes after the restart when Mitchell Duke blazed over. Duke spurned another opportunity when he headed wide in the 84th minute, and the Koreans made them pay.

Australia finished the match with 10 men after Aiden O’Neill was red-carded for lunging at Hwang.

We were up 1-0, we had chances for 2-0, 3-0, and if you don’t take your chances you get punished,” said Socceroos coach Arnold. “It’s up to the individual to take the…

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