9/8/2018 5:03:02 PM (GMT+3)

Bento kick starts with win as South Korea manager

Bento kick starts with win as South Korea manager

SEOUL, South Korea: Former Portugal manager Paulo Bento said he was happy with his maiden win as South Korea coach.

“It's always happy when you win,” said Bento. “I'm satisfied because it's a victory that showed our players' talent and quality. I also liked how we played the game, and how we created good moments.”

South Korea beat Costa Rica 2-0 in a friendly on Friday.

Bento, who was named the new boss last month, used a 4-2-3-1 formation against Costa Rica.

Under his guidance, the Taeguk Warriors were efficient and aggressive, with seven of 11 shots on target.

“Our goal was to dominate the match for 90 minutes,” he said. “The defence was good and our transition from defence to offence was good. The players executed well and did what they were ordered to do.”

Lee Jae-Sung and Nam Tae-Hee scored a goal apiece to get Bento off to a winning start at the Goyang Stadium, Seoul, ahead of the 2019 Asian Cup in the UAE.

“First of all, we played a good game as a team in a new phase,” Bento said. “I can't tell in detail how we decided to choose Son as captain because that's our internal issue, but we had enough talks.”

Ki previously hinted at retiring from the national team after the World Cup, but following Bento's appointment, Ki played 45 minutes and earned his 106th cap.

“As far as I know, Ki will stay with the national team. There's no doubt about that,” he added. (Source: AFC)