South Korea Secures Late Draw Against Jordan in AFC Asian Cup

SEOUL – In a dramatic turn of events, South Korea managed a 2-2 draw against Jordan in their second Group E match at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup on Saturday in Qatar. The game, which seemed to be heading towards a defeat for South Korea, was saved by an own goal during stoppage time.

According to the Yonhap News Agency, South Korea, ranked 23rd in the world, faced a tough challenge against 87th-ranked Jordan. The match saw South Korea initially take the lead through Son Heung-min's ninth-minute penalty. However, the game took a turn with Park Yong-woo's own goal leveling the score at 1-1 in the 37th minute. Jordan then moved ahead with Yazan Al-Arab's goal in first-half stoppage time, but Al-Arab also became responsible for the equalizing goal later in the match.

South Korea's seven-game winning streak came to an end with this draw. Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann described the match as "very intense" and acknowledged the need for improvement. He praised the team's better performance in the second half and expressed satisfaction with the draw.

The draw leaves Jordan at the top of Group E with four points, leading South Korea on goal difference. Bahrain and Malaysia, both yet to win in Group E, were scheduled to face each other later on Saturday.

South Korea, aiming to win their first AFC Asian Cup title since 1960, will conclude their group stage against Malaysia in Al Wakrah, south of Doha, on Thursday.

The team faced a setback with goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu ruled out for the rest of the tournament due to a knee injury. Jo Hyeon-woo, who replaced Kim, made crucial saves during the match. Despite early dominance, South Korea struggled with Jordan's physicality and speed.

Klinsmann made strategic substitutions in the second half, but South Korea continued to miss opportunities until the late equalizer. Son Heung-min, acknowledging the team's defensive lapses, emphasized the need for sharper play.

Hwang In-beom, involved in creating the equalizer, expressed contentment with securing a point and looked forward to preparing for the next match with a focus on achieving a positive result in the knockout stage.

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