Scoring change gives Korean Lee Kang-in team-high 3 goals

Lee Kang-in of Korea, right, takes a free kick against Malaysia during the teams' Group E match at the Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar, Jan. 25. Yonhap

A scoring change on Friday gave Korean midfielder Lee Kang-in a team-high three goals at the ongoing Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup in Qatar.In a Group E match against Malaysia on Thursday at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, south of Doha, Lee appeared to have scored a free kick goal in the 83rd minute to knot the score at 2-2. But it was initially ruled as an own goal by goalkeeper Syihan Hazmi.Hazmi got a piece of Lee’s left-footed kick from outside the box, but the ball struck the crossbar before ricocheting off the back of Hazmi’s right hand and dropping across the goal line.By Friday, the AFC made the switch and awarded the goal to Lee, who now leads his team with three goals. He is tied for second overall in the tournament, two goals back of Aymen Hussein of Iraq.

Lee netted two goals in a 3-1 win over Bahrain on Jan. 15. He now has seven goals in 22 international matches, and all seven have come in the past eight matches.Captain Son Heung-min has two goals, both from penalties, while midfielders Hwang In-beom and Jeong Woo-yeong have a goal apiece. Korea benefited from an own goal in a 2-2 draw against Jordan.In the group stage, Korea tied Iraq and Japan for the most goals with eight, but they also conceded six goals, tied with Indonesia for the most among teams headed to the knockout stage.Korea staggered into the round of 16 as the runner-up in Group E following a 3-3 draw against Malaysia on Thursday. They will face Saudi Arabia, the Group F winner, in their first knockout match at Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, west of Doha, at 7 p.m. Tuesday local time, or 1 a.m. Wednesday in 온라인카지노 Seoul time

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