Australia–South Korea football rivalry
- I have now added even more references to this page including further references referring to the rivalry that are from independent sources. It is challenging to find references from the Korean perspective as I can't read Korean. Umarghdunno (talk) 07:26, 26 December 2018 (UTC)
|First meeting||14 November 1967|
|Latest meeting||South Korea 1–0 Australia|
(7 June 2019)
|Most wins||Australia (11)|
The Australia–South Korea football rivalry       is a sports rivalry that exists between the national association football teams of each country. The two nations played each other in a historic "third match decider" in 1973 to determine qualification for the 1974 FIFA World Cup.  In 2015, Australia defeated South Korea in the Asian Cup final in extra time. As at 7 June 2019, the two teams have played 30 times, a rivalry for Australia that is only bettered by playing New Zealand on 64 occasions.
The first match between the two teams was the final of the 1967 South Vietnam Independence Cup which took place during the Vietnam War.  Australia won the match 3–2. Just two years later they met in the first round of qualification for the 1970 FIFA World Cup in a group that included Japan. All the games were played in South Korea and Australia topped the group progressing to the next round.
The two teams were to meet again in the final round of the 1974 World Cup qualifiers in late 1973 and on this occasion, the winner would progress to the 1974 FIFA World Cup. The teams first met in Sydney on 28 October 1973 and played out a nil-all draw. The second leg was in Seoul on 10 November 1973. South Korea scored early in the 15th minute and then again in the 27th minute. However, Australia were to quickly reply with a goal by Branko Buljevic just two minutes later. Shortly after half time, Ray Baartz equalised. The score remained two-all at full time. As this was prior to the introduction of the away goals rule a third match was hastily arranged and, just three days later they met in Hong Kong. Jimmy Mackay scored the only goal of the match resulting in Australia qualifying for their first World Cup Finals.
In 1977 they were to meet again in a five team group for qualification to the 1978 FIFA World Cup although neither were to proceed.
When South Korea won a penalty shoot-out on 21 June 1987 in the President's Cup it was the first time that the Koreans had defeated Australia although it wasn't until 6 September 1990 in a friendly in Seoul that South Korea had won during regulation time. It was the 14th meeting between the two countries.
During the 1990s they played a number of friendly matches and then met in the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup which was hosted in Korea. South Korea won the match 1-0 which gave them their first competitive victory over Australia. After Australia entered the Asian Football Confederation in 2006 the two teams had to wait until the 2011 AFC Asian Cup before they met again in a competitive fixture. On this occasion the match finished 1-1 in the group stage in Qatar.
They were to be drawn again in the same group when Australia hosted the 2015 AFC Asian Cup with Korea inflicting Australia's only defeat in the tournament, 1-0 in Brisbane. However, Australia won a dramatic final in extra time in Sydney in front of a crowd of 76,385. Massimo Luongo scored just prior to half time. In second half injury time Son Heung-min equalised for the Koreans taking the match into extra time. James Troisi then scored the winner for Australia to claim their first Asian Cup. 
|#||Date||Competition||Home team||Score||Away team||Venue|
|1||14 November 1967||1967 South Vietnam Independence Cup||South Korea||2–3||Australia||Cong Hoa Stadium, Saigon|
|2||14 October 1969||1970 FIFA World Cup qualification||South Korea||1–2||Australia||Dongdaemun Stadium, Seoul|
|3||20 October 1969||1970 FIFA World Cup qualification||South Korea||1–1||Australia||Dongdaemun Stadium, Seoul|
|4||22 October 1972||International Friendly||South Korea||1–1||Australia||Seoul|
|5||24 October 1972||International Friendly||South Korea||0–2||Australia||Seoul|
|6||28 October 1973||1974 FIFA World Cup qualification||Australia||0–0||South Korea||Sydney Sports Ground, Sydney|
|7||11 November 1973||1974 FIFA World Cup qualification||South Korea||2–2||Australia||Municipal Stadium, Seoul|
|8||13 November 1973||1974 FIFA World Cup qualification||South Korea||0–1||Australia||Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong|
|9||28 August 1977||1978 FIFA World Cup qualification||Australia||2–1||South Korea||Sydney Sports Ground, Sydney|
|10||23 October 1977||1978 FIFA World Cup qualification||South Korea||0–0||Australia||Seoul|
|11||17 October 1982||Merlion Cup Final||Australia||3–2||South Korea||Singapore|
|12||15 December 1983||Merlion Cup^||Australia||3–1||South Korea||Singapore National Stadium, Singapore|
|13||21 June 1987||President's Cup Final||South Korea||1–1 (5-4p)||Australia||Seoul Olympic Stadium, Seoul|
|14||6 September 1990||International Friendly||South Korea||1–0||Australia||Tongdaemun Stadium, Seoul|
|15||9 September 1990||International Friendly||South Korea||1–0||Australia||Kudok Stadium, Busan|
|16||14 June 1991||President's Cup||South Korea||0–0 (4-3p)||Australia||Tongdaemun Stadium, Seoul|
|17||24 September 1993||International Friendly||South Korea||1–1||Australia||Seoul|
|18||26 September 1993||International Friendly||South Korea||1–0||Australia||Seoul|
|19||22 January 1997||International Friendly||Australia||2–1||South Korea||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane|
|20||11 February 1998||International Friendly||Australia||1–0||South Korea||Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney|
|21||7 October 2000||International Friendly||South Korea||4–2||Australia||Dubai|
|22||6 June 2001||2001 FIFA Confederations Cup||South Korea||1–0||Australia||Suwon World Cup Stadium, Suwon|
|23||5 September 2009||International Friendly||South Korea||3–1||Australia||Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul|
|24||14 January 2011||2011 AFC Asian Cup||Australia||1–1||South Korea||Al Gharafa Stadium, Doha|
|25||14 November 2012||International Friendly||Australia||2–1||South Korea||Hwaseong Stadium, Hwaseong|
|26||20 July 2013||East Asian Cup||South Korea||0–0||Australia||Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul|
|27||17 January 2015||2015 AFC Asian Cup||Australia||0–1||South Korea||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane|
|28||31 January 2015||2015 AFC Asian Cup Final||Australia||2–1 (aet)||South Korea||Stadium Australia, Sydney|
|29||17 November 2018||International Friendly||Australia||1–1||South Korea||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane|
|30||7 June 2019||International Friendly||South Korea||1–0||Australia||Busan Asiad Main Stadium, Busan|
^ South Korean records suggest this was their U/23 team however the FFA consider this fixture to have been an "A" International for the purposes of history, statistics and records.
Players in bold are still available for selection.
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