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Koreas warm up with friendly draw

Seoul, Sept. 7 (Reuters): South Korea and North Korea played out a scoreless draw on Saturday in a friendly in the Seoul stadium where this year’s World Cup began and South Korea’s stunning tournament campaign ended.

A determined defence from the North Koreans held off a late surge by the more creative South Koreans. Midfielder Lee Young-pyo showed some nimble footwork to provide service to his forwards but the South Korea front line failed to beat North Korea goalkeeper Jang Jung-hyuk.

South Korea’s Kim Eun-jung had possibly the best chance, blasting just over the bar in the 74th minute. North Korea created fewer chances but did test keeper Lee Woon-jae, who was forced to make a diving save in the 10th minute after Jon Yong-chol unleashed a curving blast toward the bottom right corner. A neat header from North Korea substitute Hong Yong-jo drew gasps in the 69th minute but was ruled offside.

South Korea keeper Lee was one of six players from the South Korea side that finished fourth in World Cup in June, the best by an Asian side in the tournament’s 72-year history.

Former coach Guus Hiddink, now at the helm of Dutch side PSV Eindhoven, debuted in his new role as special adviser to coach Park Hang-seo. The two Koreas last played in 1993.

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