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Oz and South Korea share the spoils

Australia and South Korea showed why they are tipped to meet in the final of the Asian Cup when they fought out a classy 1-1 draw in their second Group C match on Friday.

sports Updated: Jan 14, 2011 23:13 IST

Australia and South Korea showed why they are tipped to meet in the final of the Asian Cup when they fought out a classy 1-1 draw in their second Group C match on Friday.

South Korea struck the first blow when Koo Ja-cheol scored his third goal of the tournament taking advantage of some slack Australia defending after 24 minutes.

Mile Jedinak pulled Australia level with a header after 62 minutes, capitalising on the only mistake the impressive Korean goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong made in the game when he failed to clear a cross.

Mark Schwarzer kept Australia in the match with a reflex point blank save from Ki Sung-yong after 87 minutes and a draw at the Al Gharafa Stadium was a fair result between the two evenly matched favourites.

Both teams now have four points from their opening two matches with Australia leading the standings on goal difference. India and Bahrain, who both lost their opening matches were meeting in the second Group C match kicking off at 1615 GMT.

Korea, who have not been Asian Champions since 1960, gave some real indications of why they are strongly favoured to end that 51-year wait with an outstanding performance by shaven-headed defender Cha Du-ri. Park Ji-sung, named Man of the Match, played havoc with the Aussie defence and was ably assisted by midfielder Lee Chung-yong.

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