Asian Cup: Koreans are heart-broken again as Australia snatch winner in extra time

Australia's Massimo Luongo (centre) shoots to score a goal against South Korea during their Asian Cup final football match at the Stadium Australia in Sydney Jan 31, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Australia's Massimo Luongo (centre) shoots to score a goal against South Korea during their Asian Cup final football match at the Stadium Australia in Sydney Jan 31, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Spectators celebrate South Korea's last minute goal against Australia during the AFC Asian Cup football final between South Korea and Australia at Stadium Australia in Sydney on Jan 31, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Spectators celebrate South Korea's last minute goal against Australia during the AFC Asian Cup football final between South Korea and Australia at Stadium Australia in Sydney on Jan 31, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Australia's James Troisi (left) celebrates scoring during the AFC Asian Cup football final between South Korea and Australia at Stadium Australia in Sydney on Jan 31, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Australia's James Troisi (left) celebrates scoring during the AFC Asian Cup football final between South Korea and Australia at Stadium Australia in Sydney on Jan 31, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Australia's Trent Sainsbury (right) celebrates winning the AFC Asian Cup final football match against South Korea in Sydney on Jan 31, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Australia's Trent Sainsbury (right) celebrates winning the AFC Asian Cup final football match against South Korea in Sydney on Jan 31, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Australia's captain Mile Jedinak (centre) holds up the Asian Cup trophy as the team celebrates after winning their Asian Cup final football match against South Korea at the Stadium Australia in Sydney Jan 31, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Australia's captain Mile Jedinak (centre) holds up the Asian Cup trophy as the team celebrates after winning their Asian Cup final football match against South Korea at the Stadium Australia in Sydney Jan 31, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SYDNEY (AFP) - Hosts Australia won the Asian Cup after beating South Korea 2-1 in extra time of an electrifying final on Saturday, with substitute James Troisi smashing home a dramatic winner.

He broke Korean hearts with the last kick in the first period of extra time after Son Heung Min had snatched a dramatic injury-time equaliser at the end of normal time.

Australia's triumph gave the Socceroos a first title since defecting from Oceania nine years ago while South Korea's anguish continued after failing to break a hoodoo in the tournament stretching back to 1960.

Australia, runners-up to Japan in 2011, had been on the brink of victory after a stunning strike from Massimo Luongo on the stroke of half-time, triggering wild celebrations from the crowd of 76,000.

But South Korea's superstar Son produced a moment of brilliance in injury time, bursting through to fire past goalkeeper Mathew Ryan after a clever flick from captain Ki Sung Yueng.