South Korea defeat Ghana in friendly
8 June 2011
Goran Stevanovic suffered his first defeat as Ghana coach when they were beaten 2-1 by South Korea in a friendly in Jeonju on Tuesday.
The Black Stars top striker Asamoah Gyan scored and fluffed a penalty that could have altered the result of the match.
An injury time strike by Germany-based Koo Ja-cheol sealed victory for the Koreans. The Asian raced into the lead in the 12th minute when Ji Dong-won headed in a corner after the Ghanaian defender failed to deal with the cross from the right.
Gyan had the chance to equalize two minutes later when he was brought in the box but the Sunderland attacker picked himself up and fired feebly into the hands of the keeper.
The Sunderland striker made amends when he struck in the 65th minute after a great pass from the Ghana stand-in captain Sulley Muntari.
Further opportunities fell to Gyan and Dominic Adiyiah but the Korean goalkeeper proved equal to the task with two flying saves.
Ghanaian defenders lost their concentration in the 90th minute allowing Koo to steal in and fire home after Richard Kingson failed to hold onto the ball at the first attempt.
It was Ghana first defeat since the World Cup quarter final in South Africa when they were beaten in a shoot-out by Uruguay.