FC Midtjylland’s Cho Gue-sung Returns to South Korea’s Starting Lineup for Asian Cup Quarterfinal Against Australia

DOHA — FC Midtjylland striker Cho Gue-sung was reintroduced to the South Korean starting eleven for the crucial quarterfinal match against Australia in the Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup, held in Qatar. This strategic decision comes as South Korea aims to extend their successful campaign in the tournament.

According to Yonhap News Agency, Cho, who had not scored in the three group stage matches and was initially benched during the round of 16 match against Saudi Arabia, made a significant impact by scoring a crucial last-minute equalizer. His goal during the second half of the game brought the score to 1-1, eventually leading to South Korea's victory on penalties, 4-2, against Saudi Arabia.

Hwang Hee-chan of Wolverhampton Wanderers is also set to make his first tournament start in the upcoming game against Australia. Hwang had missed the first two group matches due to a left hip injury but contributed as a substitute in the last two games. The attack will be further strengthened with the inclusion of Son Heung-min from Tottenham Hotspur and Lee Kang-in from Paris Saint-Germain.

The midfield sees the return of Park Yong-woo of Al Ain FC and Hwang In-beom of Crvena zvezda. The defense is solidified with Kim Young-gwon of Ulsan Hyundai FC and Kim Min-jae of Bayern Munich as the central defenders, supported by Seol Young-woo of Ulsan on the left and Kim Tae-hwan of Jeonbuk on the right. Goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo, notable for his two penalty saves in the previous shootout, will mark his fourth consecutive start.

The match between the Taegeuk Warriors and the Socceroos is scheduled to take place at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, just south of Doha. The kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. local time on Friday, which corresponds to 12:30 a.m. Saturday in South Korea, promising a fiercely contested battle for a semifinal spot in the tournament.

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