Korea Republic and China have played out a scoreless draw in their EAFF East Asian Cup men's match.
The hosts, playing their second consecutive scoreless draw in the men's matches at the regional event, were frustrated by the visitors who crowded their own area at Hwaseong Stadium just south of Seoul. In a back-and-forth first half, Korea Republic threatened in the 13th minute when Han Kook-Young unleashed a shot from midfield and forced keeper Zeng Cheng to make a tough diving save.
In the 27th minute, Seo Dong-Hyeon set up Yun Il-Lok for a powerful shot just inside the area, but Zeng came through for China with another big save. China dominated the ball after the half-hour mark but failed to get a shot past the South Korean keeper Jung Sung-Ryong.
The South Koreans were back on the prowl in the tail end of the opening half, with Cho Young-Cheol barely missing the near post with his left foot from the top of the arc. The hosts continued to press in the latter half. Seo Dong-Hyeon had a wide-open chance near the penalty spot but he weakly shot right at Zeng.
In the 73rd, Yeom Ki-Hun's sharp free kick from the top of the box was punched out by the diving Zeng. Eight minutes later, substitute Go Moo-Yul saw his header go over the bar. Korea Republic will close out the tournament against Japan, while China's finale will be against Australia. Both matches will be in Seoul on Sunday. Of four men's participants, only China have failed to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.
Earlier on Wednesday the Chinese women defeated the South Koreans 2-1, as substitute Li Ying scored the decisive goal in the 67th minute for her country's first win of the tournament.