South Korea stroll past Serbia in friendly win
Goals from Park Chu-young and Kim Young-kwan gave South Korea a
2-1 victory over Serbia in an international friendly match at Seoul
World Cup Stadium on Friday.
With the country gripped by a growing match-fixing scandal, the
national team helped local football fans forget troubles on the
domestic front with an assured performance.
Park, who is being tipped to move to the English Premier League
this summer from relegated French club AS Monaco, headed the
opening goal in the 13th minute from a Lee Keun-ho cross.
Serbia, missing a number of its top players including Manchester
United captain Nemanja Vidic, hit the woodwork twice in the first
half but South Korea always threatened to add to their lead.
The host extended that lead after 54 minutes when Kim scored his
first international goal from a Cha Du-ri centering pass.
With less than five minutes remaining, Radosav Petrovic shot
into the top corner of the Koreans’ net from outside the penalty
area but the Koreans hung on for the win.
South Korea next plays Ghana on Tuesday while Serbia travels to
South Korea has qualified for the last seven World Cups and is
preparing for the start of Asian qualification for 2014, which
kicks off in September.