By Own Correspondent with support fromm FIFA.COM – A last-minute goal from Koo Ja-Cheol gave Korea Republic a 2-1 victory over Ghana in an international friendly at Jeonju World Cup Stadium.
The Wolfsburg midfielder scrambled home from close range after Asamoah Gyan – who also missed a first-half penalty – had cancelled out Ji Dong-Won’s opener.
Just as in the 2-1 win over Serbia on Friday, the hosts took an early lead when Ji climbed above the Ghana defence to head a Ki Sung-Yong corner into the net. Ghana goalkeeper Richard Kingson got his hands to the ball but could not keep it out.
Just three minutes later, Hong Jeong-ho brought down Gyan in the area but the Sunderland striker saw his low penalty comfortably saved by Jung Sung-Ryeong. Both teams continued to have chances. Jung saved from Gyan soon after and Ji had a chance to add a second when through on goal but could not lift the ball over Kingson.
The game continued in the same vein after the break. Monaco striker Park Chu-Young hit the crossbar with a 25-yard rocket on the hour but after 64 minutes, Ghana were level. Sulley Muntari’s pass split a static defence leaving Gyan to slot a low shot past the previously impressive Jung.
The game was heading for a draw when Ji headed across goal in injury time to leave Koo with a simple finish.
Ghana: Richard Kingson, John Pantsil, Daniel Opare (David Addy, 53), Jonathan Mensah, Isaac Vorsah, Anthony Annan, Agyemang Badu (Lee Addy, 87), Kwadwo Asamoah (Dominic Adiyiah, 56), Opoku Agyemang (Emmanuel Clottey, 74) Sulley Muntari (Derek Boateng, 63), Asamoah Gyan.
South Korea: Jung Sung-ryeong, Kim Young-kwon (Park Won-jae, 88), Lee Jung-soo, Hong Jeong-ho, Cha Du-ri (Kim Jae-sung, 75 ), Ki Sung-yong, Lee Yong-rae, Kim Jung-woo (Koo Ja-cheol, 60), Lee Chung-yong (Lee Keun-ho, 53), Park Chu-young (Nam Tae-hee, 81), Ji Dong-won.