The two nations already assured to progress from Group A, Australia and South Korea (Korea Republic), will battle it out for first place in their pool this Saturday night at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, with the winner of the game to claim the top spot and be in the more favourable position of facing the second placed nation in Group B during the 2015 Asian Cup ‘knock out’ round.
2015 Asian Cup Online Preview
First place in Group A, and a softer draw in the knockout stage is on the line for the winner of the Socceroos vs Korea Republic this Saturday night. The Socceroos have been arguably the most impressive team so far in the tournament, scoring eight goals by eight different players, while conceding just one in 180 minutes of playing. Fresh off a 4-0 drubbing of Oman on Tuesday night, Australia are now favourites to take out the Asian Cup on their home soil as they look to position themselves for a long run in the upcoming one and done stretch.
Lining up on the other side will be Korea Republic, who comfortably holds second. The ‘Taegeuk Warriors’ are likewise unbeaten, recording 1-0 wins against Oman on Saturday afternoon and Kuwait on Tuesday afternoon respectively. The score-lines don’t indicate how impressive the South Korean national team has been, playing a stifling defensive strategy that should prove a good test for the strong attack shown by the Socceroos.
Australia vs. Korea Republic Times
When: Saturday, 31 January at 8:00 pm (Sydney Time)
Where: Stadium Australia, in Sydney
TV: Live on Fox Sports 5 (Foxtel), and ABC TV
Where to Watch the 2015 Asian Cup Live
You can watch the Socceroos vs. Korea minute by minute Asian Cup action on the Fox Sports channel. If you aren’t a subscriber to Foxtel, you may wish to check out their latest plans such as the ‘Epic’ Sports Package offer, which includes live mobile streaming with Foxtel Go; a service not offered through ABC TV.
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The host nation got off to a near perfect start on Friday night in their 2015 Asian Cup debut against Kuwait, winning 4-1 before a quick turnaround sent them to Stadium Australia on Tuesday where they put together another impressive 90 minutes. After turning away some early pressure, Australia vs. Oman saw the Socceroos thrash the Red Warriors to the tune of 4-0, with the aged striker Tim Cahill leading the Socceroos in the absence of injured skipper Mile Jedinak.
Socceroos Players to Watch
Robbie Kruse was outstanding for the Socceroos on Tuesday night against Oman, scoring a goal in the first half and having a major hand in another couple of goals, as well as creating many chances. He is getting better and better with each match under the belt after a serious knee injury last year, and that is bad news for his rivals.
A-League star Mark Milligan had just an average game against Kuwait on Friday night, but was back to his best on Tuesday night, scoring a penalty on half time, and busting his gut through the midfield and defense throughout the contest. He’s closer to the end of his career then the beginning, but he is still a very dangerous prospect.
Korea Republic Preview
Korea Republic kicked off their 2015 Asian Cup campaign with a strong 1-0 win of Oman on Saturday at Canberra Stadium before repeating the dose three days later at the same ground against Kuwait. While the score lines on face value will suggest the games have been close, the reigning 2011 Asian Cup third place-getters are in form and ready to cause trouble for the host nation.
Korea Republic Players to Watch
Son Heung-min is a star in the German Bundesliga. He was with Hamburger SV before being signed by Bayer Leverkusen for a record transfer fee. He was named in the 2012 AFC Asian Team of the Year and has been hailed as the KFA Footballer of the Year for the past two seasons. He is a dangerous attacker who can make half opportunities goals.
Ki Sung-yeung scored multiples trophies with Scottish giants Celtic before showing his craft in the Premier League for Sunderland and now with Swansea. He was a part of the 2010 and 2014 World Cup Squads, as well as part of the squad which finished third in the 2011 Asian Cup. He has class with a capital C and is lethal from any part of the ground.
Korea Republic National Team Nicknames:
South Korea may be referenced as the Red Devils, but more commonly known by the ‘Taegeuk Warriors’. The word Taegeuk has similar meaning to the concept of yin and yang, a symbol of which is found on their flag.
Three Reasons To Watch Australia vs Korea Republic:
1. A win and the Socceroos will get the soft draw in the knockout stage!
2. Can the Korean defenders contain Cahill and Luongo, or will Mile Jedinak recover in time to suit up?
3. It will be shown on Foxtel, through the Fox Sports channel in your local listings and as such can be streamed live on a mobile device with Foxtel Go.