Korea Draws Friendly with Australia

  • By Lee Tae-dong

    November 19, 2018 09:48

    Korea on Saturday drew a friendly match against Australia in Brisbane 1-1. Hwang Ui-jo scored the opening goal in the 22nd minute but Massimo Luongo dramatically equalized in the final minutes.

    Korea has yet to lose under coach Paulo Bento, who has two wins and three draws in five games since taking the helm of the Korean national football team in August.

    Kim Min-jae (left) and Hwang Ui-jo sign autographs for a fan after a training session in Brisbane, Australia on Sunday. /Yonhap

    Currently at No. 53 in the FIFA world rankings, Korea played the 42nd-ranked Aussies without star players like Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur, Hwang Hee-chan of Hamburger SV and Ki Sung-yueng of Newcastle United.

    Australia stifled Korea's play, keeping the Korean defenders and goalie busy. Though the final score was 1-1, Australia outshot Korea 7-2 on goal with 13 shots vs. 4.

    Korea now faces Uzbekistan on Tuesday.

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