South Korea beat Saudi Arabia in dramatic penalty shootout to reach quarterfinals of Asian Cup 2023


Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Hwang Hee-chan fired South Korea into the quarter-finals of the 2023 Asian Cup with a decisive penalty in a shootout win over Saudi Arabia in Al Rayyan.

Despite struggling throughout the match, Jurgen Klinsmann’s side produced a dramatic injury-time comeback as substitute Cho Gue-sung equalized in the final 10 added minutes to force the game into extra time.

Roberto Mancini’s Saudi side fought back bravely to hold on to a narrow one-goal lead secured by Abdullah Radif’s superb finish just 50 seconds into the second half.

Heung-min Son took the penalty for South Korea as the Tottenham man stepped up first to take his spot-kick.

But credit must go to Jo Hyeon-woo, who produced two fantastic saves to essentially seal his nation’s shootout victory and ensure they stay in the tournament. After back-to-back stops, Hwang came through and, despite immense pressure, smashed the penalty into the top right corner.

South Korea’s prize is a quarter-final against Australia on February 2.

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