Korea Republic edge Nigeria
South Korea have carried on their good form from the FIFA World Cup™ by defeating Nigeria 2-1 in a friendly at Suwon World Cup Stadium.
Less than two months after the two teams played out a 2-2 draw in South Africa, first-half goals from debutant Yoon Bitgaram and Choi Hyo-Jin gave the hosts and new coach Cho Kwang-Rae a welcome win. Peter Odemwingie was Nigeria's goalscorer.
Yoon opened the scoring and his international account after 17 minutes, beating a Nigerian defender in the air and then unleashing a half-volley into the roof of the net from the right side of the penalty area. Odemwingie levelled the scores just minutes later, heading a left-sided free-kick from Kalu Uche past goalkeeper Lee Woon-Jae, who was making his final appearance for the national team.
Four minutes before the break, Choi ran on to a Park Ji-Sung pass just inside the area and slotted the ball home. South Korea, preparing for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup in January, had chances to add to their advantage after the break but were unable to do so.