Winning debut for Korea Republic's Bento
Goyang: Korea Republic defeated Costa Rica 2-0 in a friendly match on Friday, giving their new coach Paulo Bento a victory in his debut before a sellout home crowd.
Midfielder Lee Jae-sung knocked home a rebound after Son Heung-min's penalty attempt rang off the post in the 35th minute at the Goyang Stadium, while fellow midfielder Nam Tae-hee scored his first international goal in nearly two years for second-half insurance.
Bento, the former Portugal boss that was named as Korea Republic's head coach on August 17, enjoyed a convincing victory over the world ranked No. 32 Costa Rica.
See also :
Lee Jae-sung from Korea Republic and Elias Aguilar of Costa Rica traded chances in the opening moments. Korea Republic enjoyed a substantial edge in ball possession while not giving Costa Rica much room to manouvre on the other end.
Son nearly gave Korea Republic the lead in the 28th minute with a cannon from the top of the box, with Esteban Alvarado foiling the bid with an outstanding save.
Five minutes later, Nam Tae-hee drew a penalty when he was brought down by Christian Gamboa inside the box. Son, the designated penalty taker, fired a shot that ricocheted off the right post and found its way to Lee, who calmly poked it into the empty net for a 1-0 lead.
Alvarado was down on the ground after attempting a diving save and watched helplessly as Lee's reactive shot found the back of the net.
Alvarado kept it a one-goal affair in the 41st when Nam took a nifty feed from Lee and moved in alone on the Costa Rican custodian, who denied the midfielder his first international goal in nearly two years.
But Nam, a 27-year-old veteran of the Qatar Stars League, wouldn't be denied again in the second half. With Korea Republic coasting for an extended stretch while displaying less zip or intensity than in the first half, Nam provided a jolt with a highlight-reel goal in the 78th.
Nam drove down the left flank and shed David Guzman just outside the edge of the box. He then cut toward the centre and fired one to the top left-hand corner, well out of Alvarado's reach, just before defender Bryan Oviedo could get to him.
It was Nam's first goal for Korea Republic since November 2016.
TPE中華 2–0 馬來西亞MAS 主場七連勝⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Wonderful Night✔️ ⚽️ 23’ 吳俊青 #11 ⚽️ 52’ 朱恩樂 #29Posted by 中華民國足球協會CTFA on Friday, 7 September 2018
Meanwhile, Chinese Taipei powered to a 2-0 win over Malaysia at the Taipei Municipal Stadium.
Wu Chun-ching gave the East Asians a 13th minute lead, before Chun En-le's 53rd minute goal sealed their victory.
Ikhsan Fandi scores his first 🇸🇬 goal to get the 🦁 a draw 💪Posted by Football Association of Singapore on Friday, 7 September 2018
Singapore fought back in the second half to settle for a 1-1 draw with Mauritius at the Bishan Stadium in Singapore.
Mauritius secured an early lead when Jonathan Justin found the back of the net in the fifth minute. However, Singapore's persistence was rewarded in the second half through Ikhsan Fandi's 75th minute equaliser.
Almoez Ali starred in Qatar's friendly match against China PR, when his 25th minute volley that proved to be enough for the West Asians to seal a 1-0 win at the Khalifa International Stadium.
Sources: yonhapnews.co.kr, Korea Football Association
Recommended Stories :