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South Koreans salute in final

TO THE FINAL: Lee Jung-hyup celebrates scoring the first goal during the Asian Cup semi-final last night in Sydney.
TO THE FINAL: Lee Jung-hyup celebrates scoring the first goal during the Asian Cup semi-final last night in Sydney. Matt Kingaap Images

A 23-YEAR-OLD who performs a military salute after every goal he scores has helped South Korea make its first Asian Cup final since 1988.

Lee Jung-hyup scored his nation's first goal in the semi-final against Iraq at Sydney's Stadium Australia, before setting up his team's second, with the Koreans winning 2-0.

The exciting young forward plays for South Korean military team Sangju Sangmu in the K-League, hence the salute after he scores.

South Korean fans in the big crowd were delighted to see him perform that same post-goal ritual again last night - his third in just six internationals, after 20 minutes.

That was when Jung-hyup latched onto a beautiful, dipping free kick from Kim Jin-Su, courtesy of his head.

In the 49th minute Jung-hyup turned provider, producing a classy chest pass for Kim Young-gwon to score, his ball finding the back of the net after skipping off the wet surface.

South Korea 2 (Jung-hyup 20, Young-gwon 48) def Iraq 0 at Stadium Australia last night.

Topics:  asian cup south korea


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