Thu, 28 Oct, 2021
Kuala Lumpur: With a year to go until the 17th edition of Asia’s marquee national team competition kicks off in the United Arab Emirates, we wind the clock back three years to reflect on the previous chapter of the tournament: AFC Asian Cup 2015 Australia.
Mile Jedinak raised the AFC Asian Cup trophy into the Sydney night sky as tournament hosts Australia capped a remarkable 23 days in January 2015 with victory over Korea Republic in the final of the 16th edition of the continental championship in front of a sold-out Stadium Australia.
The Socceroos’ victory in extra-time over the two-time champions was a fittingly dramatic end to a tournament that boasted high-quality football, sold-out venues, record-breaking media coverage and – finally – a new champion.
James Troisi scored the winning goal for the Australians after Son Heung-min cancelled out Massimo Luongo’s opener in second half injury time, taking proceedings in to extra-time and setting up a grandstand finish.
The 2015 AFC Asian Cup win was Australia’s first since joining the Asian Football Confederation in 2006, and saw the men’s team match the achievement of the country’s women, who won the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in 2010.
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