Stielike: 'We are not thinking of Australia...'

South Korea coach Uli Stielike insists his team is focused on facing Kuwait, not Australia.

Cho Young-cheol scored just before half-time as South Korea opened their Asian Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over Oman in Canberra on Saturday.

The Socceroos opened their tournament with a 4-1 thrashing of Kuwait in Melbourne.

The clash between the nations in Brisbane on January 17 looks set to go a long way towards deciding who tops Group A.

Asked about facing Australia after his team beat Oman, Stielike said it was not yet on his mind.

“First we play Kuwait, we are not thinking of Australia," he said.

"We have a short time for preparation. This is a big handicap, one day more or one day less in a tournament, it is very hard for your team."

Stielike was happy to see his team tested in its first outing of the tournament.

“I prefer to start this way, a hard game, a tough game, and a narrow result. Rather than winning 5-0, we can learn from the mistakes and get better and better in the tournament," he said.

“We can play better over 90 minutes, but I think more like the way we played in the second half, we had strong 15 to 20 minute spells when Oman were not coming out of their half and we missed many chances.”