Han Seung-Gyu shattered Malaysia's dreams with a late goal for South Korea to send Ong Kim Swee's side home from the AFC U23 Championship on Saturday evening after a 2-1 quarterfinal victory in Kunshan, China.
It sets up a semifinal meeting for the Koreans with Uzbekistan, who thrashed Japan 4-0 in the last eight.
Ulsan Hyundai midfielder Han burst through the tiring Malaysian defence to claim the winner in the 85th minute of an enthralling clash.
Ong's team had fought back from going behind to...
Malaysia head coach Ong Kim Swee has told his players to forget the historical significance of their run to the quarterfinals of the 2018 AFC U23 Championship and focus on their crunch clash with South Korea on Saturday.
Malaysia clinched a surprise place in the last eight of the continental competition on their debut appearance, thanks to a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia, which saw them advance from Group C.
But while Ong appreciates the significance of the team's performance, he has called for an end...
South Korea handed fellow 2018 World Cup finalists Japan a brutal 4-1 home thrashing on Saturday night as Kim Shin-Wook inspired Shin Tae-Yong's side to a come-from-behind win that sealed a successful defence of the East Asian Championship title.
J.League Player of the Year Yu Kobayashi gave Japan a third minute lead from the penalty spot in Tokyo. But Kim's double, and goals from Jung Woo-young and Yeom Ki-Hun's deflected free-kick, earned the South Koreans an emphatic and historic win.
Colombia international Edwin Cardona has been handed a five-match ban by FIFA for making a "discriminatory gesture" with his eyes against South Korea, but will not miss his team's opening World Cup games.
Cardona will serve the suspension in international friendlies and will be available for selection for next summer's tournament in Russia.
FIFA opened an investigation after the 24-year-old midfielder made an eye gesture towards South Korea players during a friendly between the sides on Nov. 10.