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20-06-2019 15:42 | Read 217 times

TC captain 'proud of Australian team'

AUSTRALIAN Turkish Cypriot footballer Aziz Behich, who captained the national team that lost 1-0 to South Korea, said he was “proud of the performance” of his team.

TC captain 'proud of Australian team'

Stand-in Socceroos skipper Behich said there was “nothing but positives” to take from the game.

“Everyone should be proud of their performance because we played really well against one of the best in Asia,” he said.

With both sides eliminated at the quarter-final stage of the Asian Cup in January, last Friday’s friendly was an opportunity to tinker with formations and personnel with the clock ticking for the second round of 2022 World Cup qualifiers in September.

In an emotional tweet, Behich added: “[I am] very honoured to be given the opportunity to captain my country. . . in Korea! A proud moment and one that I will never forget. Proud of the team for the great effort.”

The visitors, playing without several key regulars including Tom Rogic, Aaron Mooy and goalkeeper Mat Ryan, had the better of the first half and came closest to scoring when Mitchell Duke’s flicked header from a corner struck the woodwork.

The Koreans struggled to get anything going in the final third, frustrating the crowd of 53,000, and their only effort on goal came from Matthew Jurman when the Australia defender almost diverted Kim Min-jae’s cross into his own net.

However, the Australian side lost ıts way in the second half as South Korea upped the tempo and took control of midfield.

With the home side cranking up the pressure, they got their reward in the 76th minute when Hong Chul’s cross took the merest of deflections on its way into the box and Hwang stole in at the near post to net the ball.

 

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