South Korea 4 - Australia 2

Two goals from PAUL AGOSTINO in the first half seemingly set the LG SOCCEROOS in the box seat, but a strong come-back by the South Koreans, combined with mistakes in the Australian defence saw that lead whittled away early in the second half.

Australia opened up the scoring in the 30th minute, a pin-point cross from TONY VIDMAR picking out Agostino, with the big striker beating his opponent and the goalkeeper to put Australia one-up.

Five minutes later, AGOSTINO was on hand again to finish off an Australian counter-attack which involved half a dozen players, BRETT EMERTON providing the final pass to the striker who again slotted the ball in for his second of the evening.

Australia's lead was reduced on the verge of half-time when a Korean free-kick on the edge of the box was headed in by S. Jae-Won, and was nullified just 3 minutes into the second half when a mistake in the defence let in N. Jung Yoon for the equaliser.

A goal-mouth scramble which caught goalkeeper ZELJKO KALAC off-guard resulted in South Korea taking the lead for the first time in the match at the 65th minute mark, with the scoreline extended after defender STEPHEN LAYBUTT brought down a Korean player in the box in extra time, L Dong-Gook converting the resulting penalty for a 4-2 victory to South Korea.

The Australian Camp will break up later today, with players immediately heading back to their respective Clubs, and LG Socceroo Coach FRANK FARINA due back in Sydney early in the week.

written by Soccer Australia