Son Heung Min Becomes South Korea’s Hero With Late Winner In Dramatic “Asian Cup” Quarter-Final


In a match filled with suspense and nail-biting moments, Son Heung Min emerged as South Korea’s savior during the Asian Cup quarter-final against Australia.

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His crucial contributions led to a 2-1 victory, propelling South Korea into a semi-final showdown with Jordan. Son’s brilliant performance in the end wasn’t just about football — it was about determination, skill, and clutch moments, especially as South Korea turned the game around in extra time.

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The match against Australia was a rollercoaster. After falling behind due to an early goal from Australia, South Korea’s chances seemed slim as the match wore on. Australia’s Craig Goodwin capitalized on a defensive error to score in the 42nd minute, setting the stage for what appeared to be a disappointing end for South Korea.

Craig Goodwin in the Asian Cup quarterfinals vs. South Korea.

A huge goal for Australia

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— B/R Football (@brfootball) February 2, 2024

However, the game’s complexion changed dramatically in stoppage time. A foul on Son Heung Min led to a penalty kick, which Hwang Hee Chan converted, drawing the teams level in the last minute of regular time and injecting hope into the Korean side.


Another extra time for South Korea!

— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) February 2, 2024

The momentum shift was palpable, and in the 104th minute, Son Heung Min delivered when it mattered most. His free kick from outside the box was a masterpiece of precision and calm under pressure, securing South Korea’s victory and a spot in the semi-finals.

Captain Son Heung-min stepping up for South Korea

— CentreGoals. (@centregoals) February 2, 2024

The match was not without its drama, highlighted by a red card for Australia’s Aiden O’Neill, which reduced the Australian team to ten men. This incident added to the intensity of the match, showcasing the high stakes and emotions involved.

Jurgen Klinsmann, South Korea’s coach, who had been criticized for the team’s previous performances, found some redemption with this victory. His statement, “We’re still here, and we’re going to be here to the very end,” perfectly described the resilient spirit of his team.

While he was understandably pleased with the resolve his team showed once again to reach the @afcasiancup semifinals, @theKFA coach Jurgen Klinsmann admits he wouldn’t mind if they didn’t keep leaving it so late! #AsianCup2023

— ESPN Asia (@ESPNAsia) February 3, 2024

This wasn’t just a regular win for South Korea — it was a statement. Led by Son Heung Min, the team showed that they could overcome adversity and rise to the occasion.

OMG!! Dreamers was played again at Qatar stadium when South Korea won and advanced to the semifinals in Asian Cup. There can’t be a more perfect victory song than Dreamers!!!

— young (@young__JK) February 2, 2024

Son’s decisive free-kick wasn’t just a goal — it was a moment that lifted the entire nation’s hopes. As South Korea looks ahead to their semi-final match against Jordan, the team knows that with Son Heung Min leading the way, anything is possible.

 He refused to let his country down. 

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