Coach Graham Arnold chose to rest two of the overage players, Jade North and Archie Thompson, to ensure they were not injured prior to the opening match against Serbia next Thursday.
The third overage player, David Carney, started his first match of the campaign at left midfield with Nikita Rukavtsya partnering Mark Bridge up front.
The Olyroos came close to opening the scoring in the opening minute, but Rukavytsya’s shot was well saved by Korean keeper You-Gual Song. Korea got the breakthrough midway through the second half when a defensive turnover left Shin unmarked in the box and he was able to place his strike past the diving Adam Federici. Australia had numerous chances to equalise throughout the rest of the match but couldn’t find the back of the net.
Arnold was philosophical about his team’s performance.”Goals determine the outcome of games. We didn’t put away our chances tonight and we also got punished for turning over possession,” he said.”Some of our players now realise the difference in tempo between the A-League and international level football. At this level you can’t afford to make errors, not finish your opportunities and still expect to get results.”
“The positives to come out of tonight, and after all the games we have played in Asia, are that we have acclimatised well, our fitness levels are higher than they have ever been and all our players are injury-free leading into the Olympic Games.” “We have a week until our first game against Serbia in Shanghai and now we can purely focus on fine tuning our tactics for that match.”Following their opening match against Serbia on Thursday, the Olyroos will then face Argentina and Ivory Coast. www.sportal.com.au