Lebanon likely to feature in World Cup qualifiers' second round for the first time in the country's history
Lebanon continued their amazing run of form in the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign with a shocking 2-1 home victory over South Korea on Tuesday afternoon.
South Korea, who finished in fourth place in the 2002 World Cup finals, were expecting an easy game after beating Lebanon 6-0 in the sides’ opening game on Sept. 2.
Ali Al Saadi scored first for the hosts before Koo Ja-Cheol leveled the score line on 21 minutes. However, Abbas Atwi scored what proved to be the winning goal for Lebanon from a penalty on 32 minutes.
On 65 minutes, Lebanon captain Roda Antar could have settled the game when he headed the ball onto the woodwork. However, Lebanon went on to defy all odds and grab all three points.
Both sides missed many of their top players with Korea having to play without Park Chu-Young and Lebanon missing star defender Youssef Mohamad.
With this win, Lebanon moves to be Group B’s joint-top sides, along with Korea, with 10 points.
Kuwait stands in third with eight points after beating UAE 2-1 earlier tonight.
Lebanon plays UAE while Kuwait goes head to head with South Korea on Feb. 29, 2012.
If Lebanon reaches the second round of the World Cup qualifications, it will be the first time that the national team reaches the stage.
This article was originally published in the LAU Tribune.