News ID: 254104
Published: 0258 GMT June 11, 2019

Iran, South Korea share the spoils in Seoul

Iran, South Korea share the spoils in Seoul
Iran’s Mehdi Torabi (L) and South Korean Na Sang-ho are in action in a friendly match in Seoul, South Korea, on June 11, 2019.

Sports Desk

Iran and South Korea played to a 1-1 draw in a friendly fixture at Seoul World Cup Stadium on Tuesday as the Iranians’ undefeated run against their rival extended to six matches.

Hwang Ui-jo put the host in front in the 58th minute after a moment of misjudgment between the Iranian defenders Milad Mohammadi and Morteza Pouraliganji saw the South Korean find the space behind Iran’s backline and chip the ball over Iranian keeper Alireza Beiranvand.

Marc Wilmots’s men, however, had to wait only five minutes for an equalizer.

Ramin Rezaeian’s corner from the right flank went off the leg of South Korean defender Kim Young-gwon and past keeper Jo Hyeon-woo into the net – denying the Far East Asian side a victory over the traditional opponent in eight years.

Both teams had the chance to break the deadlock earlier in the game.

Na Sang-ho's volley off a Lee Yong cross on the stroke of halftime hit Iran’s crossbar before Iranian substitute Ahmad Nourollahi’s effort form outside the box was denied by the woodwork in the 55th minute.

It was Wilmots’s second game in charge of Iran, after his side thrashed Syria 5-0 in the Iranian capital of Tehran last Thursday.



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