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Australia fails to capitalize on chances in Asian Cup loss, says devastated coach

Socceroos lose to South Korea in Asian Cup. Missed opportunities and late penalties lead to an emotional defeat. Devastating loss.

The Socceroos were on the verge of reaching the semi-finals after Craig Goodwin scored just before the end of the first half, leaving South Korea struggling to respond. However, Hwang Hee-chan equalized from a penalty in the 96th minute, and Son Heung-min, the star from Tottenham, scored a free-kick for the winning goal in the first half of extra time.

Australia missed a chance to double their lead when Mitchell Duke missed a shot 10 minutes into the second half. He missed another opportunity with a wide header in the 84th minute, and South Korea took advantage.

Aiden O'Neill was red-carded for a lunge at Hwang, leaving Australia with 10 men. Socceroos coach Arnold expressed his disappointment, acknowledging that they had opportunities to secure a more significant lead but failed to capitalize.

Despite the defeat, Arnold acknowledged the learning experience from the tournament and the emotional toll it took on the players and staff. He emphasized the importance of taking opportunities and the impact of individual performances on the game.

The penalty that led to South Korea's equalizer was conceded by Lewis Miller in injury time, and he was also at fault for the foul that led to Son's winning free-kick. Arnold offered support to Miller, emphasizing the importance of learning from such experiences and moving forward.

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