Korea Loses to Tunisia in Friendly Before World Cup

The Korean national football team lost to Tunisia 0-1 in a friendly match at Seoul World Cup Stadium on Wednesday. It was a disappointing last international match in Korea before the World Cup in Brazil.

Manager Hong Myung-bo tested his 11 starting members for the World Cup, and the game started off well with lively forwards against Tunisia, ranked 49th in the world.

Fans hold up placards cheering Korean national football team during a friendly against Tunisia at Seoul World Cup Stadium on Wednesday. /Newsis Fans hold up placards cheering Korean national football team during a friendly against Tunisia at Seoul World Cup Stadium on Wednesday. /Newsis

But it did not take long for things to go bad. Korea's weak defense was soon revealed and allowed a counterattack by Tunisia in the 43rd minute as midfielder Zouheir Dhaouadi scored an easy goal with his left foot.

There was also an alarming moment in the second half as Korean center-back Hong Jeong-ho fell after a rough tackle from the opponent. Hong came off the ground on a stretcher.

Team doctor Song Joon-seop said, "We need to examine the injury more closely, but thankfully it doesn't seem to be serious. He's got a bruise on the left ankle."

Afterwards Korean players struggled to get past the tall Tunisian defense. To the dismay of some 57,000 home fans in the stadium, the Koreans failed to score.

Manager Hong Myung-bo and players celebrate their participation in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, after a friendly match against Tunisia at Seoul World Cup Stadium on Wednesday. Manager Hong Myung-bo and players celebrate their participation in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, after a friendly match against Tunisia at Seoul World Cup Stadium on Wednesday.

The Korean team will leave for Miami, Florida on Friday. Following a friendly against Ghana in Miami on June 9, the team will move to their base camp in Foz do IguaƧu in Brazil the next day.

Korea's first opponent in the World Cup is Russia in Cuiaba on June 17.

englishnews@chosun.com / May 29, 2014 13:02 KST