Korea outshine Serbia
Monaco striker Park Chu-Young got himself on the scoresheet as Korea Republic beat Serbia 2-1 at Seoul World Cup Stadium. The 25-year-old, who has been linked with a move to a number of clubs after scoring 12 goals in Ligue 1 despite Monaco's relegation, helped the hosts to victory over their Eastern European opponents.
It was a polished performance from Korea in an entertaining game. After Park's opener, Kim Young-Kwang added a second after the break. Serbian striker Radosav Petrovic grabbed a late consolation for the visitors.
The Taeguk Warriors started brightly and took the lead after 13 minutes. Lee Keun-Ho crossed from the left and Park got between two defenders to head into the bottom corner. Serbia almost equalised in the 19th minute. After Jung Sung-Ryeong had thrown himself across goal to palm away a Ranko Despotovic effort, the striker fired the rebound against the crossbar from a narrow angle.
The woodwork saved the hosts again just after the half-hour. Petrovic's attempt from inside the centre-circle had Jung falling over as he tried to get back on his line and the helpless Suwon stopper was relieved to see the ball bounce off the post.
The Koreans extended their lead ten minutes after the restart. A low Cha Du-Ri cross from the right flew across the penalty area where it was sidefooted into the net by Kim. Serbia ensured a nervous end to the game when Petrovic curled home a shot from 25 yards into the top corner of the hosts' net with four minutes remaining.