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South Korea pay the penalty

Japan 2 South Korea 2 (Japan win on penalties) (January 25)
A goal in the last minute of extra time gave South Korea a worthless lifeline as they were unable to take advantage of the penalty shootout. Jung Sung Ryong did well to get down and push Okazaki's header against the post in the 17th minute, but 5 minutes later the Koreans were awarded a penalty which Ki Sung Yong tucked the ball away emphatically. Japan levelled the score in the 36th minute when Nagatomo ran onto a pass from Honda and laid the ball back for Maeda to force home from 6 yards. With no further goals extra time was played and in the 96th minute Honda saw his poorly-taken penalty blocked but Hosogai knocked the follow-up into the roof of the net for what seemed to be the winning goal until the last minute of the match when a free-kick was crossed into a crowded box finally falling to Hwang Jae Won who lashed the ball in for a Korean equaliser. With Ja Cheol, Jong Rae and Jeong Ho failing to convert for Korea, and Honda and Okazaki scoring for Japan it was left for Konno to send the keeper the wrong was and Japan into the final.

Kawashima saves in penalty shootout
Socceroos demolish Uzbeks for final place

Australia 6 Uzbekistan 0 (January 25)
Uzbekistan fell apart as Australia hit them for 6 to reach the final. Harry Kewell fired past Juraev into the far corner after only 5 minutes and in the 34th minute a free-kick was headed down to the unmarked Ognenovski who knocked in the 2nd for the Aussies. The match was over as a contest when Australia broke through in the 65th minute, releasing David Carney to slot the ball under the keeper and 2 minutes later Bakaev was ejected for his 2nd yellow. Kruse picked up a long ball in the 73rd minute drew the keeper out and squared it to Emerton to score the fourth. Australia had several great chances to add to their tally until the 82nd minute when a back heal released McKay who passed the ball to Valeri to smash in from close range, and a minute later the rout was complete when Kruse robbed a defender in the centre circle and surged forward as far as the 18-yard line where he rolled the ball through the body of the hapless keeper. Uzbekistan will have to pick themselves up for the 3rd place match on Friday.

Harry Kewell opens the scoring

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