Action from the international friendly between Korea Republic (left) and Costa Rica on January 25, 2014, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Photo courtesy of the Korea Football Association)
LOS ANGELES – Shinwook Kim scored the only goal as Korea Republic posted a 1-0 victory over nine-man Costa Rica in an international friendly on Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The Ticos, who played without many regulars, lost for the third straight time since qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup with a second-place finish in the CONCACAF Hexagonal.
Korea went ahead in the 10th minute, when Yohan Go’s initial attempt deflected off Costa Rica goalkeeper Leonel Moreira towards Kim. The towering 25-year-old forward was able to direct a right-footed shot from the edge of the six-yard box through a maze of defenders and inside the left post.
Later in the half, Moreira did well to save another Go effort, keeping his team in the game.
Costa Rica had two players ejected after the interval as Christopher Meneses was issued a straight red in the 68th minute and Mauricio Castillo was shown his second caution with less than five minutes remaining in normal time.
Korea will continue its tour of the United States with a match against Mexico on Wednesday in San Antonio, Texas. It will also face the host nation on February 1 in Carson, California.
The Central Americans, who lost 4-0 away to Chile just three days earlier, will return to action at home on March 5 against Paraguay.