Korea defeats Ivory Coast in World Cup warm-up
Matched up against a better skilled and speedier Ivory Coast side, Korea took full advantage when play was stopped. Veteran forward Lee Dong-gook and substitute defender Kwak Tae-hwi both scored off free kicks.
The opening goal came only three minutes into the match as Ivory Coast defender Abdoulaye Meite's mistimed clearance ended up in Lee's vicinity. The veteran forward did not hesitate and and turned it into a volley shot.
The two sides traded several quality chances but Korean midfielders and defenders did a solid job of sealing off Ivory Coast's forwards including Didier Drogba of Chelsea, who currently ranks second in the English Premier League with 19 goals in 23 matches. On defense, Lee Jung-woo chipped in on while Cha Du-ri used his speed to cover a lot of ground and also advanced into the opposing zone on several overlapping plays.
Things looked destined to end 1-0 until Kwak, who was substituted into the match in the 61st minute for the injured Lee Jung-soo, sealed the game with a header off Kim Jae-sung's free kick in extra time.
Manager Huh Jung-moo's side was at full strength with a number of overseas-based players for the first time since the 1-0 loss to Serbia last November. Lee Dong-guk and Lee Keun-ho played up top, with Park Ji-sung, Lee Chung-yong, Kim Jung-woo and Ki Sung-yeung playing the midfield positions.
The defense featured Lee Young-pyo, Cho Yong-hyung, Lee Jung-soo and Cha Du-ri.
By Jason Kim [email@example.com]
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