South Korea vs Malaysia LIVE! Asian Cup result, match stream and latest updates today

South Korea vs Malaysia LIVE! Asian Cup result, match stream and latest updates today

South Korea vs Malaysia LIVE

South Korea conceded a late equaliser in the 15th minute of stoppage time as a 3-3 Asian Cup draw with Malaysia saw them finish second in Group E behind Bahrain. They will now face either Thailand or Saudi Arabia in their round of 16 match, but they could have finished top if they had defended Malaysia’s counter-attacks better in Al-Wakrah.

South Korea took the lead midway through the first half when Woo-yeong Jeong’s header was shown by VAR replays to have crossed the line before goalkeeper Syihan Hazmi clawed it away. Malaysia hit back with two goals in 11 minutes. First, Faisal Halim fooled the South Korean defence into thinking he was about to cross before clipping smartly into the unguarded net. Then 21-year-old Arif Aiman was fouled in the box and coolly slotted his penalty into the corner, sending goalkeeper Hyeon-woo Jo the wrong way.

But there was bad luck for Malaysia when Kang-in Lee scored a free-kick which went down as an own-goal after initially hitting the crossbar before deflecting in off Hazmi. Tottenham captain Heung-min Son beat Hazmi with a penalty early in stoppage time, which South Korea thought would earn them victory and top spot in Group E. But the match had one final twist in store, when substitute Romel Morales controlled excellently and fired into the corner to give Malaysia their first and only point of the 2023 Asian Cup, demoting South Korea to second in Group, which Bahrain won by beating Jordan 1-0.

South Korea vs Malaysia highlights

  • South Korea equalise with late free-kick

  • Penalty gives Malaysia a shock lead

  • Malaysia level through Halim

  • South Korea take the lead

Full-time: South Korea 3-3 Malaysia

13:38 , Dom Smith

Well no surprise that South Korea were unable to find a winner after Malaysia's equaliser 15 minutes into stoppage time.

3-3 it ends. South Korea finish second in Group E. Malaysia, despite their fight here, are bottom.

GOAL! South Korea 3-3 Malaysia

13:34 , Dom Smith

Romel Morales gets the ball out of his feet and slams into the bottom corner in the 15th minute of 12 added on!

Malaysia's fight rewarded. 3-3 in an astonishing game.

South Korea 3-2 Malaysia

13:30 , Dom Smith

90+11' Jae-sung Lee off for Yong-woo Park to waste some precious seconds for South Korea.

GOAL! South Korea 3-2 Malaysia

13:23 , Dom Smith

Heung-min Son hammers the ball into the bottom corner.

South Korea go top of the group and will surely hold on now.


13:22 , Dom Smith

Devastating for Malaysia as VAR hand South Korea a penalty for a foul inside the box.

Son to take surely.

South Korea 2-2 Malaysia

13:19 , Dom Smith

90+1' And, indeed, plenty of injury team here in Al-Wakrah.

12 minutes added on!

South Korea 2-2 Malaysia

13:17 , Dom Smith

89' South Korea continue to drive at Malaysia as they search for the complete turnaround and to nick victory late on.

You sense the VAR checks will mean there is a large chunk of stoppage time here.

GOAL! South Korea 2-2 Malaysia

13:13 , Dom Smith

Well the onslaught was occurring, and from a free-kick which Malaysia were aggrieved to concede, South Korea are level.

Kang-in Lee's free-kick is saved expertly onto the crossbar by Hazmi, but the ball ricochets into the net off the goalkeeper. Desperately unlucky for Malaysia. 2-2.

South Korea 1-2 Malaysia

13:08 , Dom Smith

79' Inevitably, South Korea are piling on the pressure now.

Tottenham captain Heung-min Son seeing increasingly more of the ball, always offering himself as an outlet on the left flank.

Jin-su Kim gets a little impatient and hashes a volley wide from range.

South Korea 1-2 Malaysia

13:02 , Dom Smith

73' Changes for Malaysia, who have worked so hard.

English-born Darren Lok is off. On comes Paulo Josue, born in Brazil, who will replace him up front.

South Korea 1-2 Malaysia

12:56 , Dom Smith

67' SO CLOSE for Malaysia.

Arif Aiman counters and plays to Faisol Halim — the two goalscorers combining.

Halim curls from range just wide.

South Korea 1-2 Malaysia

12:54 , Dom Smith

65' Double change for South Korea, who certainly need to react somehow!

In-beom Hwang and goalscorer Woo-yeong Jeong are off. On come Wolves striker Hee-chan Hwang and Hyun-seok Hong.

GOAL! South Korea 1-2 Malaysia

12:50 , Dom Smith

What an incredible turnaround.

Arif Aiman, just 21 years of age, won the spot-kick and converts it to give Malaysia a lead they surely never expected.

Calmly slotted home!


12:49 , Dom Smith

59' It's just incredible how a football match can change in an instant.

Just minutes after Halim's stellar leveller, VAR is called to take a look at Young-woo Seol's follow-through tackle onto the foot of Arif Aiman inside the box.

Penalty given!

GOAL! South Korea 1-1 Malaysia

12:43 , Dom Smith

51' What a stunning goal for Malaysia.

Darren Lok wins the ball high up the pitch and the ball finds Faisal Halim.

He looks like he's going to cross after going wide but then fools everyone by clipping the ball past the goalkeeper, South Korean defence, and into the unguarded net.

Super goal. Malaysia with their first goal of this tournament. VAR check a potential foul but nothing doing. Goal stands!

South Korea 1-0 Malaysia

12:35 , Dom Smith

Back underway as Malaysia kick off for the second half.

South Korea to finish top?

12:27 , Dom Smith

With South Korea beating Malaysia here, and Bahrain ahead against Jordan through Abdulla Yusuf Helal's 34th-minute strike, Jurgen Klinsmann's side would top Group E if it stays like this.

It would leave them with seven points, Bahrain safely through with six, and Jordan almost certain to progress on four points and with a +3 goal difference.


12:18 , Dom Smith

South Korea have been oh-so comfortable in the opening 45 minutes here, and lead through Woo-yeong Jeong's superb header, which VAR showed had crossed the line before shot-stopper Hazmi clawed it away. 1-0 South Korea at the break.

South Korea 1-0 Malaysia

12:15 , Dom Smith

44' Excellent save by Hazmi as he makes himself big and thwarts Gue-sung Cho's close-range header with a good block.

South Korea's possession share is up to 83 per cent!

South Korea 1-0 Malaysia

12:11 , Dom Smith

40' Very little adventure about Malaysia whenever they nick the ball.

When they do tackle South Korea or are handed the ball, they are simply booting it up the pitch and straight back to their opponents. Doesn't bode well for Malaysia's hopes of getting their first point on the board in this tournament.

South Korea 1-0 Malaysia

12:06 , Dom Smith

34' An 81 per cent share of possession for South Korea just shows the extent to which they have dominated this match.

Malaysia are hanging on as the Taegeuk Warriors hunt their second goal.

Meanwhile, Bahrain have taken the lead against Jordan, meaning South Korea will win this group if the results stay as they are.

South Korea 1-0 Malaysia

11:58 , Dom Smith

28' It was a super header by Woo-yeong Jeong.

South Korea into a lead they absolutely deserve for their high-tempo start.

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GOAL! South Korea 1-0 Malaysia

11:53 , Dom Smith

22' South Korea into the lead with the help of VAR.

Woo-yeong Jeong's bullet header is clawed from the line by goalkeeper Hazmi.

But replays show the header had crossed the line. 1-0 South Korea.

South Korea 0-0 Malaysia

11:51 , Dom Smith

20' Jae-sung Lee is the first player into the referee's book, following a tackle that just had too much force behind it.

South Korea 0-0 Malaysia

11:46 , Dom Smith

15' Excellent chance for South Korea. Son drives at Malaysia and cuts onto his left, taking Ting out of the game.

His left-foot shot is fierce but tipped over the bar well by goalkeeper Hazmi.

South Korea 0-0 Malaysia

11:43 , Dom Smith

12' Chance there for Tae-hwan Kim to cross, but the ball just runs out of play and he is unable to deliver in time.

Intensity from South Korea already suggesting they are intent on racking up a big win and finishing top of group E.

South Korea 0-0 Malaysia

11:37 , Dom Smith

7' South Korea seeing a lot of the ball in the opening exchanges here.

Kang-in Lee with a few chances to run at Malaysia already.


11:31 , Dom Smith

Underway then in this final match from Group E.

South Korea expected to win comfortably here.

Klinsmann believes Malaysia are improving

11:19 , Dom Smith

Jurgen Klinsmann has lauded Malaysia for improving from their opening-day performance last time out.

"They learned a lot from the first game [a 4-0 defeat to Jordan] and played much, much better in the second game [a 1-0 loss to Bahrain)]", said Klinsmann.

"We expect a very difficult game tomorrow against Malaysia. Whoever comes after that, it's not important today. We can talk about that tomorrow night after the game.

"First, we have to win our game, do our homework, play well, show you that we deserve to win."

All eyes on South Korea

11:07 , Dom Smith

Just under half an hour to go then and with Malaysia already out, all eyes will be on South Korea.

Will they finish top or second? Third is of course also a possibility, though that eventuality is extremely unlikely as previously stated.

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Hwang still missing

10:54 , Dom Smith

Still no Wolves striker Hee-chan Hwang for South Korea today, yet to recover from his hip flexor injury.

Can loan striker Gue-sung Cho deliver in his stead? South Korea need him to today!

Malaysia starting line-up

10:40 , Dom Smith

Malaysia starting XI: Hamzi; Cools, Tan, Saad; Ting, Wilkin, Gan, Corbin-Ong; Halim, Lok, Aiman

South Korea line-up

10:37 , Dom Smith

South Korea starting XI: Hyeon-woo Jo; Young-woo Seol, Young-gwon Kim, Tae-hwan Kim, Min-jae Kim; In-beom Hwang, Jae-sung Lee, Woo-yeong Jeong, Kang-in Lee, Heung-min Son; Gue-sung Cho

Team news imminent!

10:31 , Dom Smith

We should have the starting line-ups any moment now!

Klinsmann: South Korea not trying to avoid Japan clash

10:17 , George Flood

Jurgen Klinsmann yesterday rubbished speculation that South Korea were looking to avoid facing Japan in the last 16.

"We don't want to avoid anybody," he told reporters at his pre-match press conference in Doha.

"We want to go from game to game, and respect the next opponent."

Klinsmann added: "It doesn't matter when you meet certain countries.

"They're all very good. They're all motivated, they all fight and they're all emotional."


South Korea could face Japan in huge last-16 showdown

10:08 , George Flood

As mentioned, South Korea pipping Jordan to top spot in Group E today would tee up a massive showdown with rivals Japan in the last 16 in Doha next Wednesday.

That is because Japan surprisingly only managed to finish as runners-up in Group D, sandwiching wins over Vietnam and Indonesia with a shock loss to eventual table-toppers Iraq in Al Rayyan last Friday.

Meanwhile, the runners-up in Group E are scheduled to face the winners of Group F in Al Rayyan on Tuesday.

As it stands that would be Saudi Arabia, though Roberto Mancini's side need to avoid defeat by closest challengers Thailand later this evening in order to seal first place.

The third-place team from Group E would take on either Iraq or hosts Qatar - winners of Group A - next.

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Group E permutations

09:53 , George Flood

South Korea need just a point today to make sure of their place in the last 16 of the Asian Cup, while they will need to better Jordan's result or else produce a margin of victory that is three goals greater than their rivals' in order to snatch top spot.

Per ESPN, it would take an unlikely sequence of events for them to drop down to third - they would need to lose to Malaysia with Jordan also being thumped by Bahrain.

But in a curious quirk of fate, winning the group would probably secure a much harder and higher-profile first knockout test for South Korea than if they were to hold on to second place. More on that in a moment.

Malaysia, meanwhile, cannot hope to reach the last 16 after back-to-back losses and will stay fourth whatever happens today, unable to overtake Bahrain due to head to head record (not to mention a -5 goal difference).

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South Korea vs Malaysia prediction

09:32 , George Flood

Anything but a comfortable win here for South Korea would be a major surprise, potentially setting up a mammoth last-16 clash with rivals Japan in Doha next week.

South Korea to win, 3-0.

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South Korea team news

09:30 , George Flood

It remains to be seen if Hwang Hee-chan will be fit to play any part for South Korea today.

The Wolves striker is a key figure for his country, though missed both the opening win over Bahrain and Saturday's 2-2 draw with Jordan with a lingering hip problem.

Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann provided a more positive update on Hwang in his pre-match press conference yesterday, but he remains a key doubt to take on Malaysia.

South Korea are definitely again without usual first-choice goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu, who was ruled out of the whole tournament after tearing his ACL in training last week.

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Where to watch South Korea vs Malaysia

09:22 , George Flood

TV channel and live stream: In the UK, today's game will be broadcast live on TrillerTV.

You can watch online via their website or app.

Welcome to South Korea vs Malaysia live coverage

09:18 , George Flood

Hello and welcome to Standard Sport's latest live coverage of the 2023 Asian Cup in Qatar.

The final round of group stage fixtures continue on Thursday, with our focus here on events in Group E as South Korea take on Malaysia at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah.

South Korea currently sit second in the group on goal difference behind Jordan, who take on Bahrain at the same time in Al Rayyan today.

Jurgen Klinsmann has denied in the build-up to these games that his side are perfectly happy to finish as runners-up in their group, thereby avoiding an early showdown with Japan in the last 16 next week.

Kick-off today is at 11:30am GMT, so stay tuned for all the latest team news and live updates.

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