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South Korea beats Syria 1-0 in friendly

South Korea beats Syria 1-0 in friendly

South Korea continued its preparations for the Asian Cup with a comfortable 1-0 friendly win over Syria on Thursday.
Youngster Ji Dong-won, who graduated from the under-23 side this year, staked his claim for a regular place in the starting lineup when he scored the winner in the 82nd minute, smashing a left-foot shot into the top left corner after outsmarting two defenders inside the penalty area.
South Korea dominated much of the proceedings, but lack of sharpness from its forwards and some stout defense from the Syrians ensured the scoreline remained blank until the last eight minutes.
Two-time Asian Cup champion South Korea has been drawn in Group C with Australia, Bahrain and India. Its opening match is against Bahrain on Jan. 10. Syria is in Group B with Saudi Arabia, Japan and Jordan.


Updated : 2021-03-03 11:38 GMT+08:00