Korea Beats Greece 2-0 to Boost World Cup Hopes

Korea stepped up to beat world No. 12 Greece 2-0 in Athens on Wednesday in their pre-World Cup friendly encounter, a result that will surely serve as a vital confidence booster for Manager Hong Myung-bo.

Ailing striker Park Chu-young, who is on loan from Arsenal to English Championship side Watford, scored in the 18th minute, and Bayer Leverkusen's Son Heung-min added a second in the 55th.

Park Chu-young (center) celebrates with teammates after scoring against Greece during a friendly match at a stadium in Piraeus port near Athens, Greece on Wednesday. /AP-Newsis Park Chu-young (center) celebrates with teammates after scoring against Greece during a friendly match at a stadium in Piraeus port near Athens, Greece on Wednesday. /AP-Newsis

The victory was significant for the visitors as the game represented their final tune-up ahead of the Brazil World Cup, which kicks off in just under 100 days.

Korea's head-to-head record against the European country now stands at three wins and one draw. According to FIFA's global rankings, Korea is 61st.

Notably, Park appeared to rediscover his form during the match, putting on an impressive performance despite joining the national team for the first time in 13 months.

englishnews@chosun.com / Mar. 06, 2014 10:38 KST