SOUTH KOREA BACK TO WINNING WAYS
South Korea are back to winning ways following their victory over fellow Asians Qatar in a recent international friendly. The South Koreans had been on a winning run of three games before they were beaten by Mexico in the first of their two international games this month. They swiftly recovered from that loss with the win over 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts Qatar in the second match of those international games.
The two-time Asian champions had beaten Hong Kong, China and Japan on the back of the 3-0 loss to Brazil without conceding a goal. The three-match winning run was stopped by the 3-2 defeat to Mexico in an international friendly played in November. The Mexicans had to come from a goal down to beat South Korea who took a first half lead through Ui-Jo Hwang.
Mexico replied with three goals in three minutes. Wolves striker Raul Jimenez scored the equalizer on 67 minutes before Uriel Antuna and Carlos Salcedo added further goals to edge the Gold Cup champions 3-1 ahead. Kwon Kyung-won scored a second goal for South Korea with three minutes left but it was not enough to save them from defeat.
The South Koreans rued a crazy three-minute period that saw their opponents score three goals which ultimately helped to take the win and maintain their unbeaten run. The Mexicans have not lost in over a year since the 4-0 friendly loss to Argentina last year.
South Korea bounced back almost immediately with the slim win over Qatar. Hwang Hee-changave South Korea an early lead in the first minute of the game played at the BSFZ Arena in Maria Enzersdorf in Austria before Ali Almoezequalized for Qatar on nine minutes. The winning goal was on 36 minutes courtesy Ui-Jo Hwang as all the goals were scored in the first half of the friendly encounter.