Following suit: South Korea draw with Saudi Arabia 1-1 (AFC Asian Cup 07)

12 07 2007

Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia – This was a game that the South Korean side would be very disappointed to have lost. Firstly, the Saudi goal came off a very debatable penalty awarded by Australian referee Mark Shields to Yasser Al Qahtani, the Saudi Captain. Asian Cup 07Secondly, the power went out in the stadium with 5 minutes to go, and it was a good 25 minutes before it was restored and play could resume.

The Korean side had a massive scare from the Saudis in the opening minutes, Al Qahtani just missing a header off a beautiful cross from Malek Maaz. The South Koreans settled, and the game became a midfield battle. At the 66th minute, Choi Sung-kuk scored the goal that initially put South Korea ahead. Just prior to the blackout, Al Qahtani scored the equalizer… after play resumed, neither side truly threatened.

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