Cardiff, Wales – It was high drama after a 1-1 draw at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday as Great Britain was eliminated from the men's Olympic soccer tournament, falling to South Korea on penalties, 5-4.
Ji Dong-Won and Aaron Ramsey traded first-half goals as neither side was able to pull out the victory in 120 minutes of action, but South Korea came out on top in penalties with Ki Sung-Yueng firing home from 12 yards out after Lee Bum-Young, who entered the contest as a substitute in the 62nd minute, stopped Daniel Sturridge on Britain's fifth attempt.
South Korea advances to the semifinals where it will face Brazil at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
Ji opened the scoring in superb fashion, collecting a pass and firing a wicked shot past Jack Butland from outside the box. The England-born 'keeper got a hand to the ball but the movement on the shot prevented him from parrying it to safety.
Great Britain pulled level seven minutes later when Ryan Bertrand's shot was blocked by the outstretched arm of Jae-Suk Oh and a penalty was awarded. Ramsey took the ensuing kick and converted to Jung Sung-Ryong's right.
Two minutes later, the British were awarded another penalty kick when Sturridge, who looked to be through on goal, was impeded in the box. Ramsey went to Jung's opposite side on the second attempt and the South Korean 'keeper guessed correctly, denying the Arsenal midfielder a first-half brace.
Great Britain had the edge in scoring chances throughout the second half, both in quality and quantity, but regulation ended with the two nations even at a goal apiece.
South Korea came within inches of breaking the deadlock early in extra time when a through ball unlocked the British defense to find a streaking Koo Ja- Cheol, but Butland parried the midfielder's shot to keep Stuart Pearce's side level.
Extra time fizzled to a close with neither side finding a breakthrough, and penalties were needed to determine a victor.
Both nations converted their first four attempts, including Ramsey who made amends after his first-half miss from the spot.
Sturridge, who had earned that first-half spot-kick, was not as fortunate from the spot. The Chelsea striker went for the stutter-step approach, but Lee was not fooled as he guessed correctly and palmed the shot away.
With the eyes of an entire nation watching, Ki showed no hesitance with the final attempt, firing home an unstoppable shot to propel the South Koreans into the semifinals.