Published : 2014-09-06 00:15
Updated : 2014-09-06 00:21
South Korea came from behind to defeat Venezuela 3-1 in their football friendly match on Friday, with a veteran striker celebrating his milestone match with a pair of goals.
Playing in his 100th international match, South Korean striker Lee Dong-gook headed in the go-ahead goal early in the second half and netted an insurance marker for good measure, giving the host a win before more than 34,000 fans at Bucheon Stadium, just west of Seoul.
This was South Korea's first international contest since the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in June.
Venezuela opened the scoring on a South Korean gaffe in the 21st minute. Goalkeeper Kim Jin-hyeon botched his goal kick and the ball landed right where Mario Rondon was standing just a few meters away, and the Venezuelan forward deftly lobbed it over the helpless Korean custodian to make it 1-0.
South Korean midfielder Lee Myung-joo brought the host 12 minutes later. Midfielder Lee Chung-yong took a pretty feed from Son Heung-min and tried to put a shot on net from the left side of the box. The ball instead went off a Venezuelan defender and found the wide-open Lee Myung-joo, who struck it past goalkeeper Reny Vega.
|Korean striker Lee Myung-joo reacts after scoring an goal in a friendly match with Venezuela in a Bucheon stadium on Friday. (Yonhap)|