Korean boss rues dropped points

Korea Republic boss Cho Kwang-rae felt his side's display merited all three points against Australia after Mile Jedinak's second-half header salvaged a 1-1 draw for the Socceroos at Al Gharafa Stadium

Koo Jo-cheol's third goal of the tournament had put Korea in front after 24 minutes of the Asian Cup Group C clash, only for Jedinak to nod home an equaliser just after the hour mark. Both sides missed a number of decent opportunities in an entertaining game, but Cho believed his side should have come away with maximum reward for their efforts.

"We could have won the game if you see the general performance of our team. We could've won the game," he said. "It could've been better when it came to the result tonight. For the fans, it was a great game to watch and I am quite appreciative of the players' performance today.

We could have won the game if you see the general performance of our team.
Korean boss Cho Kwang-rae

"I think that we controlled the game and in that aspect, we've improved quite a lot," he went on.  "With the fact that we can control the game with any other team in the tournament I am quite pleased about that, and if we can continue to develop that aspect of our game, it will be much better for us."

Australia boss Holger Osieck was delighted with the way his side battled back from a goal down to leave both sides level on four points at the top of the group with one round of games remaining. "I think we have seen a high standard match, both teams have great potential and we've seen that today," he said.

"It was end to end, both teams tried to play football. It was not just entertaining but from the technical point of view it was very good," the coach continued. "I'm very happy with our performance, our plan to close them down in midfield was mostly achieved. We knew about their strength and you could see that on a couple of occasions but what was most encouraging for me was that we created a lot of chances, in particular in the first-half that we could have converted.

"But we never gave up and got the goal, we came back into the game, we didn't just fight, we tried to play."