South Korea vs. Tunisia: Score, Report and Post-Match Reaction

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterMay 28, 2014

South Korea's national soccer team coach Hong Myung-bo waits before he announces the national team lineup for the upcoming Brazil World Cup at National Football Center in Paju, South Korea, Thursday, May 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
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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.

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.

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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.


Post-match reaction