Live coverage: Korea Republic v Socceroos
The equaliser ... Australia's Nikita Rukavytsya scores on his left foot. Photo: AP
KOREA REPUBLIC 1 AUSTRALIA 2
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THE WRAP: In the end, a result the Socceroos will be happy with. They were horrible early on and conceded an early goal. But their unexpected equaliser in the shadow of half-time gave the visitors some impetus. From that point on they looked more composed, cohesive and structured. Some of Australia's lesser-lights gained valuable match experience on the road. What more can you ask for from a friendly?
Full-time: A rare home defeat for Korea Republic. Australia notches what became an admirable come-from-behind victory. The second half was oh-so-much-better for the Socceroos. Good for morale.
91 mins: Junk time now ... not really - these injury-time minutes are so often the most dramatic. Crowd finding its voice as the locals desperately try to avoid a defeat on their own turf.
87 mins: GOAL!!!! Call me Nostradamus! Socceroos hit the lead and it's Robbie Cornthwaite who pounces on the ball in the box. He was simply in the right place at precisely the right moment. The late call-up just needed to toe-poke the ball after the 'keeper spilled a save with the Aussies looming. Not a bad impact for your time in the green and gold singlet.
83 mins: Two yellow cards to the Korea Republic thus far. Shin-Wook Kim and Myong-Jin Koh in the book.
79 mins: This match has livened up after that early second half lapse. Socceroos playing with more zip. I'd back them to score again before the end of this game. They've simply got better with time. That (unexpected) goal from Rukavytsya on 44 mins seemed to relax and invigorate the visitors at the same time.
68 mins: Another sub for Australia. Archie Thompson goes off. An incredibly quiet game for the Melbourne Victory player. Tom Rogic gets on for the green and gold! By the by .... we're still waiting for some excitement (any animated moment will do!) from Korea Republic coach Choi Kang Hee. Seriously, he's pacing the sidelines looking like he's lost his pet cat.
While this Korea Republic-Australia match is only a friendly (yes, you've already heard that tonight), it must be remembered there's some real games in Asian groups happening tonight in the battle for World Cup spots. Japan is away to Oman, Iraq hosts Jordan, Qatar and Lebanon clash in Doha and Iran hosts Uzbekistan.
61 mins: In any other competitive match across 90 minutes with something to play for this would now be known as the tedious stage of the game. But it's only a friendly! The match is lacking some zip right at the minute, even though the Aussies are playing with much more poise. We're waiting for an injection of .... well, something, we're not sure.
58 mins: Korea Republic follows suit with their second substitution. The man who came on midway through the first half, Hyeung-Bum Kim, is now going back to the bench. Shin-Wook Kim gets some game time.
56 mins: Australia makes their first change. Valeri is given a spell and is replaced by Aziz Behich, on debut for the Socceroos.
50 mins: Socceroos seem bolstered by their equaliser and the half-time break. No doubt they've settled and this somewhat cobbled-together outfit is playing with more cohesion.
Half-time: That late equaliser from the Socceroos has saved their bacon. They really lacked fluency and poise during the first half, looking like an unorganised outfit suffering from jet-lag. Perhaps they were. Korea Republic dominated for the bulk of the half and Australia can consider itself lucky to be on equal terms at the break. The fortune of a late equaliser now gives the visitors time to reassess. But let's not forget the main focus of this match. It's a FRIENDLY! Australia's 'lesser-lights' are getting some valuable exposure and the Socceroos are getting more away game experience in Asia.
43 mins: GOAL!!!!! Socceroos against the flow. Rukavytsya converts this chance after a superb pass from Oar. The striker took possession safely, found time on his left and placed the shot perfectly into the far corner. The visitors have settled and levelled proceedings. Rukavytsya's first international goal!
37 mins: Great dash from Rukavytsya for Australia! By far the Socceroos' best moment of the game. The striker darted between several defenders and his piercing shot on goal with a ferocious left foot missed to the right ... 'Keeper Young-Kwang Kim would have had the shot covered but it was rare highlight nonetheless for the green and gold.
32 mins: Schwarzer having plenty of touches in his 103rd match for the Socceroos. Korea Republic have already gone to the subs' bench after Keun Ho Lee was stretchered off minutes ago. Midfielder Hyeung-Bum Kim gets game time earlier than what he would have expected.
29 mins: Respected analyst Les Murray not mincing his words when it comes to his quick summation for proceedings. "This is not a young team. This is a B team," he just tweeted. OUCH!
25 mins: Stats are telling me that overall possession is being shared equally at 50%. Certainly the team in red (that's the local for those readers without the benefit of TV coverage) is looking sharper and far more dangerous. Aussies have given up possession too easily on several occasions. Jin-Sung Hwang standing out for Korea Republic.
23 mins: For a 'friendly' this match already has plenty of spice and vigour. Socceroos seem to have woken up to Korea Republic's early dominance and have improved their midfield accountability. Much closer attention to the player in possession.
19 mins: Got to love the following Tweet from our sports writer Richard Hinds not long ago ....
Australia's Tommy Oar tussles for possession with Kwang-Hoon Shin Photo: Getty Images
16 mins: Korea Republic applying the blow torch. A strong attacking foray followed their early goal. They earn a free kick just outside the box and the curling strike on goal doesn't miss my much.
12 mins: GOAL!!!! Korea Republic strikes early. Australian defence caught on the hop. Dong-Gook Lee made no mistake for the locals, superbly putting away a dangerous cross from well within the box. But the best part about the goal? ..... Their mascat ran onto the field to celebrate! Sheepishly, he/she realised the cheekiness and ran off quickly.
6 mins: Gee, there's some fresh names there. A huge chance rooms for Tommy Oar to really make an impression tonight. Cornthwaite was a somewhat lucky inclusion, a player brought in from the local K-League after the late withdrawal of some regular Socceroos.
2 mins: AUSTRALIA'S starting line-up: Mark Schwarzer, Lucas Neill, Tommy Oar, Ryan McGowan, Michael Thwaite, Archie Thompson, Robbie Cornthwaite, James Holland, Carl Valeri, Alex Brosque and Nikita Rukavytsya
8.59pm - Super veteran Mark Schwarzer starting in goal for the visitors. Will he ever stop playing? Seems to me to have been a golden chance to give Matt Ryan some valuable minutes.
8.56pm - Tiny crowd in attendance at this new stadium, located about 90 minutes drive from Seoul. A huge Korea Republic flag drapes the top deck of the stadium as the national anthem is played out.
8.53pm - Fascinating to see the odds for this clash. The inexperienced visitors are $3.75 while Korea Republic - understandably - is better than even money. Draw better than $3 for those value punters out there. Enough of the odds ....
8.47pm - Still waiting for the starting line-ups to be confirmed. Looks like the youthful Socceroos are going with central midfielder Tommy Oar in the opening 11.