Korea Ties Serbia in Football Friendly

Korean footballers celebrate after Koo Ja-cheol scored a penalty kick in a friendly against Serbia in Ulsan on Tuesday. /Yonhap

Korea tied 1-1 with Serbia on Tuesday in a football friendly in Ulsan. Korea, ranked 62nd in the FIFA world rankings, managed to even up the score against No. 38 Serbia on a penalty kick.

Serbia scored first in the early second half after midfielder Adem Ljajic stole the ball from Ki Sung-yueng for a breakaway goal in the 59th minute. However, Korean midfielder Koo Ja-cheol tied the score just three minutes later. Koo won a penalty kick as he was pushed down by a Serbian defender.

Last Friday, Korea beat Colombia, ranked 13th, in a friendly in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province. The recent performances have boosted morale for the national team after losses in all friendly matches in October under new manager Shin Tae-yong.

Now it will gear up for the EAFF East Asian Cup in Tokyo next month to play against China (on Dec. 9), North Korea (Dec. 12) and Japan (Dec. 16).