South Korea progress in World Cup qualifying

Updated: 29 February 2012 21:41 IST

South Korea saw off Kuwait with two second-half goals on Wednesday to book their place in the final group round of Asian qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

South Korea progress in World Cup qualifying

Seoul:

South Korea saw off Kuwait with two second-half goals on Wednesday to book their place in the final group round of Asian qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.


The Koreans, semi-finalists in the 2002 World Cup, went into the match needing at least a draw to be sure of progressing and strikes from Lee Dong-Gook and Lee Keun-Ho saw them through as Group B winners.

Lebanon join South Korea in the draw for the next round, to be made in Kuala Lumpur on March 9, after finishing second in the group despite suffering a surprise 4-2 defeat away to the United Arab Emirates.

Needing a win to advance, Kuwait started aggressively in Seoul, consistently breaking through with their quick short passing game, and the home side had goalkeeper Jung Sung-Ryong to thank for their clean sheet at half-time.

Kuwaiti midfielder Waleed Ali launched a shot from the edge of the penalty area in the seventh minute, forcing Jung into a punching save, before a Bader Al-Mutwa drive stung the keeper's palms around the half hour mark.

But it was K-League star Lee Dong-Gook who broke the deadlock in the 65th minute, stroking home his fifth goal in four career games against Kuwait when the visitors failed to clear a loose ball.

Six minutes later Choi Hyo-jin found Lee Keun-Ho in the box after stealing a Kuwaiti clearance and the forward gave his side the two-goal cushion.

If South Korea make it through to Brazil, it will be their eighth consecutive appearance at the World Cup finals and their ninth overall.



Topics : Football
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