South Korea grabs late Ghana victory

Koo Ja-cheol struck in stoppage time to give South Korea a dramatic 2-1 win over Ghana at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on Tuesday in an international friendly match.

The Wolfsburg midfielder, who finished the 2011 Asian Cup as top scorer, was introduced as a second-half substitute and his goal maintains Korea’s impressive form, coming four days after a victory over Serbia by the same scoreline.

Korea took the lead after 12 minutes when Ji Dong-won headed a corner into the Ghana net through the hands of goalkeeper Richard Kingson.

Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan missed an immediate chance to equalize when he put sent a penalty kick straight into the arms of Jung Sung-ryeong.

Both teams, who reached the knockout stage of the 2010 World Cup, continued to attack and Ghana grabbed a deserved equalizer after 65 minutes. Sulley Muntari released Gyan and the England-based striker shot low into the Korean net.

With just seconds remaining, Koo scored from close range to give South Korea the win.

Lineups:

South Korea: Jung Sung-ryeong, Kim Young-kwon (Park Won-jae, 88), Lee Jung-soo, Hong Jeong-ho, Cha Du-ri (Kim Jae-sung, 75 ), Ki Sung-yong, Lee Yong-rae, Kim Jung-woo (Koo Ja-cheol, 60), Lee Chung-yong (Lee Keun-ho, 53), Park Chu-young (Nam Tae-hee, 81), Ji Dong-won.

Ghana: Richard Kingson, John Pantsil, Daniel Opare (David Addy, 53), Jonathan Mensah, Isaac Vorsah, Anthony Annan, Agyemang Badu (Lee Addy, 87), Kwadwo Asamoah (Dominic Adiyiah, 56), Opoku Agyemang (Emmanuel Clottey, 74) Sulley Muntari (Derek Boateng, 63), Asamoah Gyan.