|Hwang Ui-Jo gets high-fives from his teammates after his goal that eventually gives South Korea a tough victory at the expense of the gritty Azkals. AFC|
Making their debut in the AFC Asian Cup, the Philippines went toe-to-toe with South Korea before the two-time titlists eke out a close 1-0 win Monday evening at Dubai's Al-Maktoum.
It took the Taeguk Warriors of Paulo Bento more than an hour to solve Sven-Göran Eriksson's defensive puzzle as Hwang Ui-jo found the back of the net to give them the hard-fought win against a side that is 63 places above them.
Despite dominating in all aspects of their tie, the former World Cup semifinalists had a hard time breaking down the fortress of the Azkals, with Javier Patiño causing a huge scare to Kim Seung-Gyu in the Korean goal when his volley was stopped by the Vissel Kobe shot-stopper five minutes before half time.
|Javier Patiño had given South Korea the biggest scare, with his two chances only ended up in Kim Seung-Gyu's palms. AFC|
China leads Group C after coming from behind to beat Kyrgyzstan 2-1 in the group's opener.
South Korea: Kim Seung-Gyu (GK), Kim Jin Su, Lee Yong, Kim Young-Gwon (C), Kim Min-Jae, Lee Jae Sung (Ju Se-Jong 86'), Koo Ja-Cheol (Lee Chung-Yong 64'), Hwang Hee Chan, Jung Woo-Young, Ki Sung-Yueng (Hwang In-Beom 58'), Hwang Ui-Jo
Philippines: Falkesgaad (GK), Alvaro Silva, Strauss (Phil YH 89'), Woodland, Manny Ott (Tull 78'), Sato, Palla, Ingreso (Ramsay 75'), Schrock (C), Reichelt, Patiño
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