Weak Defense Allows Poland Victory Over Korea in Pre-World Cup Friendly

  • By Chang Min-seok

    March 29, 2018 10:18

    Korea lost to Poland 3-2 in a pre-World Cup friendly in Chorzow, Poland on Tuesday.

    Korea, ranked 59th in the FIFA rankings, allowed No. 6 Poland to capitalize on its lax defense from the first half. Polish striker Robert Lewandowski netted the country's first goal in the 32nd minute and Kamil Grosicki scored another just before halftime.

    Korea strove to catch up in the second half. Lee Chang-min, who entered as a substitute for Ki Sung-yueng in the 80th minute, hit the net just five minutes after his appearance. Two minutes later, Hwang Hee-chan, who also came on as a substitute, scored an equalizer.

    Hwang Hee-chan (left) celebrates after scoring a goal in a friendly against Poland in the European country on Tuesday. /Yonhap

    But Piotr Zieliński shot the winning goal in injury time to seal the victory for his team.

    In an earlier friendly in Europe, Korea also lost to No. 26 Northern Ireland 2-1. 

    "With the FIFA World Cup in Russia less than three months away, Korea should beef up its defense and figure out how to make the most out of Son Heung-min," who can play in versatile positions, said KBS sports commentator Han Jun-hee. 

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