World Cup

Iran beats South Korea 1-0 in friendly

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Masoud Shojaei's first-half goal Tuesday gave Iran a 1-0 victory against South Korea in a friendly.

The Osasuna striker scored in the 35th minute from the edge of the area after receiving a pass from Pejman Nouri following a mistake by South Korea defender Lee Young-pyo.

South Korea was playing its second game since reaching the second round of the World Cup, and went close to scoring through Park Ji-sung, Park Chu-young and Lee Chung-yong.

The Koreans put the visitors under pressure for most of the match as both teams continue preparations for the 2011 Asian Cup in January.

The victory marks a successful return to Seoul for Iran coach Afshin Ghotbi, a former assistant with South Korea.

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