After Australia raced to a 2-0 lead through Nick D'Agostino, the South Koreans struck back twice in an ultimately dominant display (although, after a shaky start, they certainly weren't looking for a winner in the latter stages). 

Australia, for their part, looked similarly content with hedging their bets on settling for a draw. In an almost comical end to the match, for the final 10 minutes the Olyroos passed the ball back and forth, largely between a deep-sitting Aiden O'Neill and Thomas Deng, to the ire and eventual boos of the crowd.

After such a promising beginning to the match, it was an uninspired, if not insipid way of ending the contest. The 2-2 result means the South Koreans, ahead of Australia on goal difference, qualify automatically for the AFC U/23 Championship.

The Olyroos will have to wait until the culmination of the qualification phase to see if they finish as one of the four best second-placed group sides, although with two wins, a draw and a goal difference of +12, their chances are more than likely.

Although it's yet to be formally confirmed, Pakistan (who were supposed to compete in Group F) withdrew from the tournament. This could mean that matches against the last-placed teams in each group won't be counted towards the four-best second placed standings.

This could potentially make it harder for Australia, as this leaves Arnold's side with a win and a draw from their tallied results, as opposed to two wins and a draw. At this stage, Australia are fighting it out with the likes of (currently second placed) Iran, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and Oman for a qualification spot.

To make matters more complicated, first-placed Thailand automatically qualify as hosts, opening up another potential qualification spot for Arnold's side.

Now at their fourth attempt, this is only the second match in Australia's U/23 Championship qualification history that they've failed to win, following a 0-0 draw with Singapore in 2013 qualifying.

Qualification for the tournament would give Australia a crack at the AFC U/23 Championship, a tournament which despite Australia's prior qualifying dominance, they've never finished in the top four in, and as a result, haven't qualified for an Olympic games since Beijing in 2008.

Whichever of the myriad of options takes place, Australia are more than likely to qualify. The manner in which they've done so, however, could be a little more concerning.