South Korea 0-1 Tunisia
South Korea bid farewell to their homeland with a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Tunisia at the Seoul World Cup Stadium.
Zouheir Dhaouadi scored in the 44th minute against the run of play, but the home nation barely troubled the North Africans' defence throughout the 90 minutes.
There was a familiar face in the middle of the Seoul World Cup Stadium pitch, with Premier League referee Martin Atkinson officiating the game.
Yun Suk-young started at left-back for the home nation, while recently released Arsenal striker Park Chu-young occupied a forward berth in his first international appearance since July of 2012.
Park Chu-young making his 1st appearance at home since July 14, 2012 (vs. New Zealand); an overage wild card for U-23 team then— Jeeho Yoo (@Jeeho_1) May 28, 2014
The Koreans controlled the game in the opening stages, but they were unable to turn their possession into clear-cut opportunities.
In the 15th minute, Ki Sung-yueng forced a great fingertip save from Tunisia goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha, before Yun sent a near-post header from the subsequent corner just over the bar.
The home nation were finding plenty of space down the flanks, but the final deliveries into the area were disappointing in the opening period.
The South Koreans were made to pay in 44th minute, as Tunisia took the lead when Dhaouadi raced past the defence to collect a through ball and fired past Jung Sung-ryong.
The home side were dealt a blow in the 65th minute when defender Jeong Ho Hong appeared to pick up a worrying ankle injury.
However, there was little on-field action for the home crowd to cheer in a poor display by Hong Myung-bo's team.
South Korea now have just one more match before the World Cup finals when they face Ghana in a warm-up game before the tournament in Miami.
The Koreans will face Belgium, Algeria and Russia in Group H in Brazil, starting with the match against Fabio Capello's team in Cuiaba on Jun. 17.
Korea follow trend of Asian teams trying to lower expectations this week. Lose 1-0 to Tunisia - sluggish, sloppy & short of ideas— John Duerden (@JohnnyDuerden) May 28, 2014
FT South Korea 0-1 Tunisia. Plenty for Hong to work on before Ghana and then Russia on June 17th. Scoring being one of them— Owen Neilson (@OwenNeilson) May 28, 2014
South Korea lost against Tunisia, you give us a big hope Mr Zouhaier #Dhaouadi— Zerooney Mohamed (@Zerooney) May 28, 2014