Croatia scored two goals in the second half to beat Korea 2-1 at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in North Jeolla Province on Tuesday. It was the second time this year that the European side, ranked world No. 8 by FIFA, has trumped Korea in a tune-up.
Lee Keun-ho pulled one back in the dying minutes to console the overwhelming majority of the 40,000 spectators who were rooting for the home side. All three goals were scored by headers.
Korea's all-time record against Croatia is now two wins, two draws and three losses. The last time they met in London in February, the scoreline was even more lopsided at 4-0.
Korea, ranked 56th by FIFA, centered its offense around Kim Bo-kyung of English Premier League side Cardiff City and Lee Chung-yong of English second-tier side Bolton Wanderers, but it was difficult for them to crack Croatia's defense.
Domagoj Vida put the visitors ahead in the 64th minute and Nikola Kalinić doubled their advantage six minutes later. Both times they capitalized on small mistakes by Korean defenders.