South Korea 1–1 Saudi Arabia
The clash of the titans ended up in draw where both teams had to be content with just one point. The match almost belonged to South Korea if not for the late time penalty kick awarded to the Saudis.
The match heated quickly when Saudi Arabia almost took a lead when striker Malek Maez sent a cross to Saudis’ captain Yasser Al Qahtani, only to find that Al Qahtani missed the cross by just a fraction of inch. The Korean responded through Cho Jae Jin’s header shortly afterward. Saudis’ goalkeeper parried the ball to safety. Kim Chi Woo tested the Saudis again with his well timed shoot which forced the Saudis’ keeper, Al Mosailem, to clear the ball with his leg. Before that, Cho Jae Jin displayed a spectacular overhead kick intercepting a cross by Oh Baem Sook forcing Al Mosailem to display a spectacular save.
Saudi’s lame duck striker, Malek Maez, dispossessed Korean’s defender and almost scored Saudis’ opener in the second half. It was the Taeguk Warrior who scored the first goal when Choi Jae Jin aimed a header to fool Al Mosailem. South Korea Coach, Pim Verbeek, released his ammunition, Lee Chun Soo shortly afterward to replace Choi Jae Jin. The unfit Lee Chun Soo failed to contribute to his team before the match was halted for 25 minutes following a power failure in Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.
The power failure sent the pitch dark for 25 minutes before the issue was resolved. The Saudis took the ball possession prior to the power failure and hammered South Korea’s goal relentlessly before Saudis striker’ Malek Maez was brought down in the penalty box by one of the South Korea’s defender, Oh Beom Sook. The penalty was controversial since Oh Beom Sook was not at disadvantage when Malek Maez went down. Saudi’s captain, Yasser Al Qahtani, put the ball confidently to fool the veteran goalkeeper, Lee Won Jae. South Korea v Saudi Arabia ended 1-1.
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