South Korea avoid ‘unfair’ result

South Korea head coach Uli Stielike reveals their late winner against Lebanon avoided what would have been an 'unfair' draw.

Lee Jung-Hyub latched on to Captain Ki Sung-Yong's cross in the six yard box and netted the only goal of the match in the 92nd minute.

"Until the 91st minute, I thought an unfair result would happen in football, but a minute later, my thoughts changed," Stielike said in the post match prress conference. 

"We really had a win that was collected fairly. We were the only team on the pitch that went for an attack."

Stielike subbed on attacking midfielder Nam Tae-hee and risked striker Suk Hyun-Jun – who was already sitting on a yellow card from a previous match – which gave the hosts more attacking potency.

"Suk had a busy schedule and we had to consider that he could miss the next match for yellow card accumulation because he already had one," added Stielike.

"But we really wanted to win despite those risks on Suk. I think our players had a big desire to finish the match with a shutout victory. That's why they fought till the end."

The win stretches South Korea's shutout record to seven straight matches, tying a streak set twice before in 1978 and 1989. 

The victory also sees them move out to an unassailable 11 point lead at the top of Group G of the 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup joint qualifiers.

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