Indonesian newspaper thanks referee after victory over South Korea at U23 Asian Cup

By Vy Anh   April 26, 2024 | 02:42 am PT
Indonesian newspaper thanks referee after victory over South Korea at U23 Asian Cup
Indonesia players celebrate their victory over South Korea in the U23 Asian Cup quarterfinals on April 25, 2024. Photo by KFA
Newspaper Bola thanked Australian referee Shaun Evans for his decisions that helped Indonesia overcome South Korea and reach the U23 Asian Cup semi-finals.

Indonesia, playing the quarterfinals during their first time at the U23 Asian Cup, secured a 2-2 during main time with Asian giant South Korea.

The Southeast Asian team seemed to have been eliminated in the fifth penalty of the shootout when Justin Hubner could not beat goalkeeper Baek Jong-bum.

But when the South Korean players were rushing to celebrate the victory, referee Evans decided that their goalkeeper had moved both of his feet out of the goal line before Hubner touched the ball.

Hubner took the penalty again and did not miss this time. South Korea then lost on the 12th penalty when Lee Kang-hee missed.

During the match, Indonesia also benefited from VAR and referee Evans's decisions.

They escaped a goal early in the match after the referee saw a South Korean player in an offside position during the build-up.

In the 70th minute, after reviewing VAR, the Australian referee changed a yellow card to a red for striker Lee Young-jun after a dangerous tackle on Hubner.

Indonesia will meet the winner of the match between Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan in the semifinals.

Coach Shin Tae-yong and his team are very close to going to the 2024 Paris Olympics as the top three teams at the U23 Asian Cup will directly qualify.

The fourth-placed team will compete with African team Guinea in the playoff for the remaining slot.

U23 Asian Cup quarterfinals: Indonesia vs South Korea

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