Despite Younus Mahmood's valiant effort, Iraq fell to a 2-0 loss against South Korea in the first semifinal of the 2015 Asian Cup in Stadium Australia on Monday night.
Player Ratings (1-10; 10=best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Jalal Hassan, 5.5 -- could have done better with South Korea's opener, stayed on his line and gave Lee Jeong-hyeop free reign to nod it home. Otherwise, dealt comfortably against shots he would be expected to save.
DF Waleed Salim 6.5 -- looked to...
Two times former winners South Korea advanced to the final of the Asian Cup for the first time in nearly 30 years by defeating Iraq 2-0 in the first semifinal on Monday night.
Here are three points from the first semifinal in Sydney which was dominated by Uli Stielike's men:
1. South Korea peaking to perfection
So often, it is the team that can time their run to perfection who will claim the ultimate prize.
South Korea, who came away from their opening games of Group A with maximum points but with...
Two times winners South Korea are through to the final of the 2015 Asian Cup after accounting for 2007 champions Iraq 2-0 in the first semifinal in Sydney on Monday night.
After three one-nil victories in the group stage, including an impressive win over Australia with an injury-weakened and flu-ravaged side, this Korean side is finding better attacking cohesion, adding goals to a rock-solid defence that is yet to be breached in 480 minutes of football.
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Two times former winners South Korea have advanced to the final of the Asian Cup for the first time in nearly 30 years, by defeating Iraq 2-0 in the first semifinal in Sydney on Monday night.
Lee Jeong-hyeop and Kim Young-gwon scored in the 20th and 50th minutes for Uli Stielike's men who once again kept a clean slate and are yet to concede a goal in the tournament.
South Korea came out all guns blazing and had the lion's share of possession and were duly rewarded in the 20th minute when 23-year-old...