Saudis stun South Korea 2-0

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:50 IST

Saud Khariri scored in the first-half and Yasser Al-Qahtani added another from a penalty in the second-half as Saudi Arabia defeated South Korea 2-0.

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Saud Khariri scored in the first-half and Yasser Al-Qahtani added another from a penalty in the second-half as Saudi Arabia defeated South Korea 2-0 in an Asian Group A World Cup qualifier on Friday in Saudi Arabia. The win puts the Saudis atop the Group A table on four points while South Korea drop to second with three points from two matches heading into their next round of Germany 2006 qualifiers on March 30. The South Koreans had the first big chance of the match in the 10th minute when (21) Park Ji-sung sent a ball (19) Lee Dong-gook but the Korean marksman was thwarted by Saudi keeper Zaid Mabrouk. The Saudis got in close on this (17) Taiseer Al-Jassam break in the 21st minute only to have Korean skipper Lee Woon-jae bundle away Al-Jassam's effort on goal. In the 29th minute, the Saudis finally opened the scoring when (20) Yasser Al-Qahtani beat (7) Yoo Sang-chul then crossed to (14) Saud Kahriri who found the back of the net to make it 1-0 to Saudi Arabia. The Saudis kept their lead at the interval and Zaid Mabrouk made sure it stayed that way with saves like this from a deflected free kick by (18) Park Dong-hyuk five minutes after the re-start. In the 73rd minute, Park Dong-hyuk brought down Saudi Arabia's (20) Yasser Al-Qahtani in the penalty area. Al-Qahtani took the penalty himself and easily beat Lee Jae-woon to give Saudi Arabia a 2-0 cushion. That's how it would end as Saudi Arabia beat their South Korean opponents, the 2002 World Cup semi-finalists, in a battle of Group A favourites. Saudi travel next to Kuwait, 2-1 winners over Uzbekistan on Friday, while South Korea host the Uzbekis in the next round of Asian qualifiers on March 30. (AP)

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