Report: Luongo strikes at the death as Caltex Socceroos and Korea Republic draw 1-1 in Brisbane
A last gasp strike from Massimo Luongo saw the Caltex Socceroos fight back to earn a 1-1 draw against Korea Republic at Suncorp Stadium.
Hwang Ui-jo’s 22nd minute strike against the run of play appeared to be the decisive moment in a match Australia dominated from the opening whistle.
But Luongo tapped home a repelled save from Korea Republic goalkeeper Kim Seung-yu with the last kick of the game to ensure Australia crowned their first match on home soil in over a year with a dramatic late equaliser.
Arnold made three changes to the eleven that defeated Kuwait 4-0 on October 16. Mathew Ryan came in for Danny Vukovic, as Aaron Mooy and Jamie Maclaren replaced Jackson Irvine and Apostolos Giannou respectively.
Australia swarmed their opponents from the opening whistle and were totally dominant in the early stages.
Josh Risdon flashed a low drive into the side netting, while Tom Rogic sent a curling effort whistling narrowly wide of the left post after striking a loose ball from the edge of the area.
Meanwhile, Aaron Mooy thundered a volley over the crossbar after charging into the penalty box to meet Aziz Behich’s cross.
However, despite having Korea Republic on the ropes, the Caltex Socceroos conceded a sucker punch strike when Hwang Ui-jo raced onto a long ball from Kim Min-Jae and stuck a 22nd minute opener past Ryan.
Australia’s dominance resumed after the interval. Rogic poked the ball wide among a cluster of Korea Republic bodies in the box before Luongo fired second-half substitute Awer Mabil’s acrobatic cross inches past the post.
Ryan was rarely troubled throughout the evening, but the Caltex Socceroos shot-stopper pulled off a world-class save from Korea Republic substitute Ju Se-jong’s sweetly-struck free kick midway through the second stanza.
Mabil saw his effort on goal blocked by a desperate piece of Korea Republic defending as Australia continued to pepper Kim Seung-yu’s goal late on, before Luongo made himself the hero deep into stoppage time.