Substute Lee Jae-sung scored the only goal of the match as South Korea defeated New Zealand 1-0 in Tuesday's international friendly in Seoul.
After a slow start to the match, the hosts twice went close from set pieces in the first half, as first Kim Joo-young and then Ki Sung-yueng missed chances to break the dead-lock with headers, which went wide of New Zealand goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic’s goal.
Marinovic was in the thick of things again six minutes before the break when he hesitated to come off his line in the face of the on-rushing Han Gyo-won and conceded a penalty when he brought down the Korean.
Marinovic continued to be the man of the moment for the Kiwis two minutes later when he scrambled across his goal to deny Ji Dong-won.
New Zealand captain Chris Wood then almost broke deadlock in first half injury time when he found the back of the net with a strike from range, which was harshly ruled out for a contentious foul in the buildup.
South Korea's Cha Du-ri, who is retiring from international football, was given a rousing send-off after the half time break when he was substituted, and a video commemorating the 34-year-old’s career was shown on the big screens during the interval.
Marinovic continued to be impressive in the second half and pulled off a string of fine saves, but just as it seemed the match was going to finish goalless, Lee pounced on a rebound to beat the Kiwi keeper after he initially Kim Bo-kyung's effort four minutes from full time.