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

Australia.

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.