1/7/2019 6:14:26 PM (GMT+3)

South Korea struggle to beat Philippines

South Korea struggle to beat Philippines

DUBAI, UAE: Hwang Ui-Jo’s 67th minute strike helped South Korea overcome debutants Philippines in a Group C match of the AFC Asian Cup at the Al Maktoum Stadium here on Monday.

Korea quickly seized control, but found the Philippines difficult to break down in the opening minutes.

Sven-Goran Eriksson’s side, who started without the Younghusband brothers, defended resolutely and played mostly on the counter-attack with Patrick Reichelt and Javier Patino leading their attacks.

The Southeast Asians gave the Koreans a huge scare 10 minutes into the second half, but Patino’s shot was stopped by goalkeeper Kim.

Korea sent on Hwang In-Beom and Lee Chung-Yong and less than three minutes later Lee found Hwang Hee-chan, whose back pass set Hwang Ui-Jo to open the scoring.

China pick up full points

In Al Ain, China staged a second half rally to beat debutants Kyrgyz Republic 2-1.

Akhlidin Israilov had given Alexander Krestinin’s team the lead three minutes before the break, but unfortunate own goal by Kyrgyz keeper Pavel Matiash and a fine finish from substitute Yu Dabao earned China the win in the Group C opener.

China went into the game without suspended captain Zheng Zhi, the former AFC Player of the Year, but were still heavily fancied against the central Asians. (Source: the-afc.com)