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Joy For Jedinak As Aussies Win Asian Cup

31 January 2015

Mile Jedinak's Australia side have won the 2015 AFC Asian Cup after beating South Korea 2-1 in the final after extra-time to lift the trophy for the first time in their history.

The Palace midfielder played the full 120 minutes as his side won the competition on home turf and the Eagles skipper lifted the trophy in front of 76,000 fans in Sydney to cap a wonderful tournament for the host nation.

Massimo Luongo's goal just before half-time had given the Socceroos the lead but in second half injury time Son Heung-min equalised for the Koreans to force extra-time. In the 105th minute James Troisi put Australia back in front and they held on for the second period to come out on top in an enthralling encounter.

Jedinak went close with an early free-kick from 25 yards out that whistled over the crossbar and rippled the top of the net, and after the Koreans enjoyed the better of the chances in the first-half, Swindon Town man Luongo netted with a drilled low effort after a neat turn a minute before half-time to hand the Aussies the lead.

It was one that they wouldn't surrender until stoppage time at the end of the second half when they were just minutes from clinching victory. Son nipped in behind the Aussie defence to slam he ball past Matt Ryan in the Socceroos goal and silence the crowd.

That brought upon an additional 30 minutes and once again just before the interval the hosts struck again. Tomi Juric did brilliantly on the byline to cut the ball back and after the Korean keeper parried it Troisi pounced to tuck the ball into the unguarded net.

With both sides shattered after their efforts over the past few weeks, Jedinak helped keep his side's defence tight and they saw out the final 15 minutes to cue celebrations upon the final whistle.

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