Football

Veteran striker Lee stars in South Korea's win over Venezuela

Veteran striker Lee Dong Gook justified his recall by scoring twice on his 100th appearance as South Korea fought back from a goal down to beat Venezuela 3-1 in a friendly in Bucheon on Friday. 

The 35-year-old marksman’s brace in his first match for the national team in over a year.

It could not have come at a better time with South Korea appointing former German international Uli Stielike as their new boss hours earlier. 

Former Korean international Shin Tae Yong was one of three coaches who took charge for the game against the Venezuelans.

The coaches gave the Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors striker, who is top scorer in the K League classic this term, another opportunity.

The Koreans fell behind against the run of play after a horrible error by understudy goalkeeper Kim Jin Hyeon in the 21st minute.

Poor control

Kim’s attempted kick from his hands lacked height and direction and was easily controlled by Mario Rondon who lobbed the ball back over the shamed stopper’s head.

The Koreans were quickly back on level terms though when midfielder Lee Myung joo curled home.

This was followed by Lee’s two goals in the second half.

Source: Reuters

 

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