Korea Books Place in Final Four of U-22 Asian Championship

Korea advanced to the semifinals of the 2014 Asian Football Confederation U-22 Championship by beating Syria 2-1 in Muscat, Oman on Sunday. Baek Sung-Dong and Hwang Ui-Jo scored for Korea.

The country will face either Japan or Iraq for a spot in the final on Wednesday.

In the 95th minute, Korea surrendered a goal to an unsportsmanlike act by Mardek Mardikan. After Hwang Do-yeon sustained an injury, his teammates threw the ball off the pitch to halt the game and allow a medic to come and treat him.

However, when the Syrian players returned the ball to their opponents, Mardikan intercepted the pass and drove the ball into the back the Korean goal. Syrian manager Ahmad al Shaar apologized to his Korean counterpart Lee Kwang-jong after the match for the move.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 21, 2014 11:25 KST