Chung-Yong Wins 65th Cap; South Korea 1-0 Oman

  • January 10, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Lee Chung-Yong won his 65th international cap on Saturday, playing 78 minutes before being stretchered off in South Korea's 1-0 victory over Oman.

Following on from Australia's 4-1 win over Kuwait on Friday, South Korea began their Asian Cup campaign knowing three points from games against Oman and Tuesday's tie with Kuwait would be vital if they are to progress to the knockout stages of the competition next weekend.

Placed 69th in the FIFA World Rankings, they lined up against a country languishing 24 spots below them at the Canberra Stadium, in Australia.

South Korea had the better of the early play, with Cho Young-Cheol forcing Ali Al-Habsi into action, before Son Heung-Min struck the crossbar after succeeding in chipping the ball over the former Bolton goalkeeper.

Jaber Al-Owaisi headed over the crossbar, unopposed, in the 12th minute, while Oman soon saw appeals for a penalty turned down after Qasim Said went down inside the box under a challenge from Kim Joo-Young.

Cha Du-Ri and Heung-Min both brought saves out of Al-Habsi as the half wore on, before the deadlock was broken in first-half stoppage time after an error from the Oman stopper.

Chung-Yong's run and pass allowed Koo Ja-Cheol a shot at goal. The ball bounced right in front of Al-Habsi, who could only parry it at the feet of Young-Cheol - who fired home the rebound from close range.

South Korea came close to doubling their advantage in the opening moments of the second period, as Chung-Yong's shot flew into the side netting, before Ja-Cheol's point-blank header was expertly turned away by Al-Habsi.

Lee Jung-Hyup missed a golden opportunity to seal the victory with five minutes to go, which was almost punished when Amad Al-Hosni saw a header tipped on to the crossbar by Korea's Kim Jin-Hyeon in added time at the end of the game.

That final action came after a nervous moment for Wanderers supporters, who saw Chung-Yong stretchered off the field after a robust challenge from Oman defender Abdul Al-Mukhaini.

Manager Uli Stielike ruled out serious injury after the game, but the 26-year-old is considered a major doubt for Tuesday's fixture against Kuwait - which begins at 7:00am (UK time).

South Korea: Jin-Hyeon, Chang-Soo (Du-Ri 19), Joo-Ho, Jin-Su, Joo-Young, Hyun-Soo, Sung-Yong, Chung-Yong (Gyo-Won 78), Ja-Cheol, Young-Cheol (Jung-Hyub 72), Heung-Min
Subs Not Used: Sung-Ryong, Tae-Hwi, Min-Woo, Tae-Hee, Keun-Ho, Kook-Young, Myeong-Ju, Young-Gwon, Seung-Gyu
Goals: Young-Cheol 45+2

Oman: Al-Habsi, Al-Owaisi (Johar 74), Al- Musalami, Amur, Al-Busaidi, Kano, Mohammed, Saleh, Al-Seyabi (Salim 87), Said (Al-Hosani 62), Al-Muqbali
Subs Not Used: Al-Jabri, Al-Shimli, Al-Shatri, Karim, Al-Nahar, Mudhafar, Al-Kasbi, Mubarak, Al-Breiki
Booked: Al-Muqbali

Referee: Peter O'Leary (Australia)
Venue: Canberra Stadium (Canberra, Australia)

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