Park returns for 2-0 friendly win over Greece
PIRAEUS, Greece (AP) — Park Chu-young marked his return to South Korea’s national team by scoring the opening goal in a 2-0 win over Greece in a World Cup warm-up match on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old Arsenal striker, currently on loan to Watford, was recalled after a 13-month absence and scored in the 18th minute off an expert overhead pass from Koo Ja-cheol.
Koo also set up the second goal in the 55th with Son Heung-min beating try-out goalkeeper Panagiotis Glykos with an angled shot.
Greece hit the bar three times in the first half. Costas Katsouranis squandered a cross from Jose Holebas in the 21st. Vassilis Torosidis headed onto the crossbar nine minutes later and Kostas Mitroglou found the same spot off the rebound.
The Greeks failed to produce much toward the end as South Korea tired at Karaiskaki stadium.
Substitute Yiannis Fetfatzidis added some urgency to Greece’s lacktuster offense, sending the ball over the bar in the 75th.
Greece plays Colombia, Ivory Coast and Japan in the group stage at the World Cup, while South Korea faces Belgium, Algeria, and Russia.
“It looked more like a training session than a match ... The loss is disappointing, but the way we lost is more disappointing,” Greece coach Fernando Santos said.
“I think it’s clear the players didn’t show their quality. There was no willingness to play.”