Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 23 May 2019

Asian Cup despair for Son Heung-min and South Korea

Title contenders beaten in the quarter-finals in Abu Dhabi 1-0 by Qatar

Son Heung-min, right, and South Korea are going home from the UAE after being knocked out of the Asian Cup by Qatar. AFP
Son Heung-min, right, and South Korea are going home from the UAE after being knocked out of the Asian Cup by Qatar. AFP

It was a case of bad news for South Korea but good news for Tottenham Hotspur as the former were knocked out of the Asian Cup on Friday evening in Abu Dhabi.

Abdelaziz Hatim's curling effort with 12 minutes remaining gave Qatar a shock 1-0 victory and ended the hopes of the Koreans.

Kim Jin-su hit the post with a free-kick before Qatar had taken the lead and Hwang Ui-Jo found the net seconds after they had gone behind, but he was adjudged to be fractionally off-side.

Qatar, as they did against Iraq in the last 16, played a waiting game. They held their nerves to keep the Korean attack at bay and then opened up in the second half to triumph.

South Korea will now depart the UAE and Son will head back to his Premier League side Tottenham, and if Sunday's FA Cup tie at Crystal Palace is too soon for him then Wednesday's home game with Watford should certainly be do-able for him to feature for the London side.

Qatar will now face the winners of UAE or Australia in the semi-finals on Tuesday at the Mohamed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Updated: January 25, 2019 07:12 PM

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