Opposition watch: Korea Republic stays unbeaten despite surrendering lead

Korea Republic’s unbeaten run has continued ahead of next month’s friendly against the Caltex Socceroos after a draw with Panama on Wednesday morning (AEDT).

After last week’s impressive 2-1 win over Uruguay in Seoul, the Koreans were held to a 2-2 draw by the Central Americans in Cheonan.

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But it probably should have been much more for the Taegeuk Warriors, considering they were two goals up inside 33 minutes.

Park Joo-ho put the home side in front after just four minutes with a deflected strike, before Hwang In-beom doubled the lead 29 minutes later with a fine strike from outside the area.

But two quick goals either side of the break – to Abdiel Arroyo and Rolando Blackburn – saw Panama escape with a draw.

Despite the draw, the Koreans remain unbeaten under new boss Paulo Bento since he took the reins following the FIFA World Cup in June.


Korea Republic takes on the Caltex Socceroos at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday, November 17.

The Caltex Socceroos are also in ominous form heading into that clash after starting Graham Arnold’s tenure with a resounding 4-0 win over Kuwait on Tuesday (AEDT).

Australia’s other November opponents, Lebanon, weren’t in action this week.

Their most recent game was last Friday, a 1-0 defeat against Kuwait.

Lebanon will face the Green and Gold on Tuesday, November 20 in Tim Cahill’s farewell game at ANZ Stadium.