Slick South Korea too good for Paraguay
CHEONAN, South Korea (AP) — First-half goals from Kim Min-woo and Nam Tae-hee gave Uli Stielike a comfortable 2-0 win in his first game in charge of South Korea against Paraguay in a friendly on Friday.
Kim and Nam managed their first international goals within four minutes of each other, boosting South Korea in its preparations for the Asian Cup in January.
Stielike was appointed last month, and the former West Germany and Real Madrid midfielder will have been delighted with a slick and aggressive attacking performance from Korea, which is rebounding from a disappointing World Cup.
The one negative for the new boss was that Korea didn’t score more. Cho Young-cheol had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside, and the host missed gilt-edged opportunities.
“It was a very exciting game, and we showed a lot of attacking football,” Stielike said. “It was the kind of game that could have finished 6-3.
“It was good to see that the players showed their willingness to learn and work hard. In the previous game against Uruguay, the ball was given away too much, and we worked on that. As we had a lot of time on the ball, we made a lot of chances.”
Paraguay offered little threat going forward until late in the game, and found Kim Jin-hyeon in fine form in goal.
“The Koreans were fast and well-organized in the first half,” Paraguay coach Victor Genes said. “We made a number of substitutions after the break and we were much better in the second half but it was a tough game.”
Paraguay, starting preparations for the 2015 Copa America, travel to China for a friendly on Tuesday, when South Korea takes on Costa Rica in Seoul.