AFC Asian Cup

Korea Republic and Qatar complete quarter-final line-up

Kim Jinsu of Korea Republic (3) celebrates as he scores his team's second goal 
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  • Kim Jinsu’s extra-time header rescues Korea Republic
  • Bassam Al Rawi’s free-kick the difference for Qatar
  • Quarter-finals commence on Thursday

With narrow victories over Bahrain and Iraq respectively, Korea Republic and Qatar completed the quarter-final line-up at the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019. reviews the final day of Round of 16 action at UAE 2019.

Korea Republic 2-1 Bahrain
Rashid Stadium, Dubai

Korea Republic made it four wins from four at the Asian Cup after an extra-time win over Bahrain saw the Taegeuk Warriors book their spot in the quarter-finals. Paulo Bento’s men took the lead shortly before the break after Hwang Uijo’s close-range effort was rebounded into the direction of Hwang Heechan, who swept the ball into the bottom corner past three defenders and goalkeeper Sayed Shubbar Alawi.

After keeping three clean sheets in the group stage, Korea Republic conceded the first goal of their UAE 2019 campaign when Mohamed Al Romaihi netted an equaliser from close range on 77 minutes. Substitute Kim Jinsu was Korea Republic’s hero in extra time, heading home Lee Yong’s superb delivery from the right at the far post to book his side’s place in the final eight.

Qatar 1-0 Iraq
Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi

In a spirited encounter, this tight contest could easily have swung in Qatar’s favour at either end of the opening period. Full-back Abdelkarim Hassan managed to strike the woodwork twice, as his side-footed volley and deflected cross both came close.

However, while both gave bags of energy to the contest, sharpness in the final third escaped the pair. But it was a moment of class that ultimately proved the difference. In a tournament lit up with some superb free-kicks, Bassam Al Rawi stands right up there after he magnificently whipped the ball up and over the wall from 25 yards. While Iraq pushed as the game wore on, only side yet to concede in UAE.

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