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Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Indonesia

Referee: Mark Alexander Shield | Attendance: 87000

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South Korea

  • Kim Jung-Woo 33'

South Korea beat Indonesia 1-0 to make quarters

JAKARTA, July 18 (Reuters) - South Korea scraped into the Asian Cup quarter-finals with a fraught 1-0 win over Indonesia in their final Group D game on Wednesday.

The victory, coupled with Saudi Arabia's 4-0 hammering of

Bahrain, sent the 2002 World Cup semi-finalists into last eight

after going into the last round of matches bottom of the


Kim Jung-woo scored the priceless goal for South Korea in

the 34th minute, but they were made to sweat in a torrid second

half as Indonesia threw everything into attack.

'We spoke to the players before the game and told them that

every game from now on would be like a final,' Korea coach Pim

Verbeek told reporters.

'I'm happy. We were in control and we're ready for the next


South Korea were the stronger team throughout at a hostile

Gelora Bung Karno Stadium but failed once again to kill the

game off. The Koreans had surrendered one-goal leads to Saudi

Arabia and Bahrain through defensive lapses in earlier group


'The chance we gave away at the end of the first half shows

that we still haven't learned from previous games,' added

Verbeek. 'This time we were lucky.'

Indonesia failed to create any real clear-cut chances but

gave a good account of themselves against what coach Ivan Kolev

said was one of the strongest teams in Asia.

'I am disappointed because we didn't quality, but also

proud as my players as they fought to the death,' Kolev said.

'From the very first match they played at their best, even

though we knew that our opponents were all very strong.'

With so much at stake it was always going to be a ferocious

contest. The 90,000 fans inside the cavernous stadium in the

Indonesian capital let their feeling show too, tearing down a

banner reading 'Korea Indonesia Friendship'.

South Korea had the best of the early exchanges, but

Indonesia's counterattacks were posing a problem and Elie Aiboy

should have done better than curl the ball over the bar on the

half hour.

The co-hosts were made to pay when Korea took the lead four

minutes later.

Lee Chun-soo floated past three half-hearted challenges and

laid the ball off to midfielder Kim. His crisp shot from the

edge of the area took the slightest of deflections on the way

past goalkeeper Muhammad Ridwan.

South Korea maintained possession well in the second half,

creating and squandering a host of chances.

Indonesia threw everything into attack, leaving gaps at the

back for Korea to exploit, but neither team were able to find

the net.

South Korea face Group C winners Iran in the quarter-finals

in Malaysia on Sunday.

Scoring Summary

  • Indonesia
  • South Korea
(33') Kim Jung-Woo


  • Indonesia
  • South Korea
Yellow Cards
Chi Woo Kim (80')