South Korea wrapped up June international friendlies window with a stunning win over African giants Egypt.
Egypt’s team without captain Mohammed Salah due to injury were battered 4-1 by the Asians in a friendly match played at the Seoul World Cup Stadium.
South Korean captain Son Heung-min, who shared the Premier League Golden Boot with Salah last season, made his fourth consecutive start but saw his goal-scoring streak snapped after two games.
The Son versus Salah showdown never materialized at Seoul World Cup Stadium, as the Liverpool star did not make the trip due to an unspecified injury.
South Korea took the lead over the undermanned visitors on 16 minutes when Hwang Ui-jo headed home a Kim Jin-su cross for his second goal in his past three matches.
Hwang then set up Kim Young-Gwon‘s diving header six minutes later to give South Korea a 2-0 advantage.
Egypt fought back on 38 minutes, courtesy of Galatasaray forward Mostafa Mohamed, who took advantage of some confusion among South Korean defenders.
After Ibrahim Adel’s first shot hit Kim Jin-Su, several South Koreans raised their hands to signal possible handball instead of trying to clear the ball out of harm’s way. Mohamed jumped on the loose change and fired it home to make it a 2-1 game.
Following a quiet stretch in the second half, substitute Cho Gue-sung extended South Korea’s lead in the 85th minute with a right-footed curler from just outside the box. Kwon Chang-hoon then put the icing on the cake with a stoppage-time header.
Korea ended the international window with two wins, one draw and a defeat which came against Brazil.
In the match against Brazil, Brazil went on to display their rampage and carnage as they demolished South Korea 5-1. Selecao wonder star Neymar went on to put up a solid performance for his side as he went to register a brace. Other scorers for the Samba Boys were Richarlison, Gabriel Jesus, and Philippe Coutinho. As for the hosts, Ui-Jo Hwang pulled one for his side.
Richarlison opened proceedings for Brazil early before Ui-Jo Hwang equalized for the hosts.
Neymar scored two well-taken penalties in either half to give Brazil a commanding lead and is now four goals behind Pele for most scorer for the country. Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus made it 5-1 for the visitors after coming on as a sub.
Brazil didn’t let South Korea showcase their mark in the second half as the Samba boys scored three goals to finish the game.