SEOUL, Oct 15 (Reuters) - South Korea routed the United Arab Emirates 4-1 in a World Cup Group Two qualifier on Wednesday with midfielder Park Ji-sung scoring once and Lee Keun-ho netting a double for the home side.
South Korea were rather fortunate to open the scoring in the
19th minute when Lee's shot was deflected off a defender past
goalkeeper Majed Naser after a pass from Lee Chung-yong.
Park doubled their lead six minutes later when he stole the
ball from a defender and blasted a shot into the top corner.
The UAE pulled a goal back through second-half substitute
Ismail Al Hammadi who took advantage of a defensive lapse to
slide the ball home in the 71st.
Lee struck his second goal to make it 3-1 to the hosts nine
minutes later before Kwak Tae-hee completed the rout.
"We gained some confidence from this match, which should
help us in the next one," Park told reporters.
South Korea, looking for their seventh straight trip to the
World Cup finals, played out a 1-1 draw with North Korea in
their only other game in the group.
South Korea travel to Saudi Arabia for their next qualifier
on Nov. 19 and coach Huh Jung-moo told reporters: "It's a game
we have to win. We are going to analyse this game (against UAE)
so that we can do our best in the remaining games."
The UAE are bottom of the standings having lost all three of
"It is very, very difficult for us now," said their French
coach Dominique Bathenay. "We lacked maturity and technique.
They were very courageous but that was not enough."
The top two teams in the two Asian fourth round qualifying
groups advance to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.