Korea Republic have proved what their reserve team are capable of, as they kept on establishing the depth of squad in the buildup to their tenth consecutive world finals.
Cho Guesung, Kwon Changhoon, Paik Seungho, Kim Jingyu and Eom Jisung were on target as Paulo Bento’s charges defeated Iceland 5-1 in a friendly at Mardan Stadium in Antalya, Turkey on Saturday. The result meant a new record as well for Korea Republic, with the biggest margin of goals in a victory against a European side – previously it was the three-goal margin in a 4-1 win over Scotland in Busan in May 2002.
Another record was set in the afternoon with no fewer than four players, bar Kwon, scoring their first international goals in a single A match. It was later confirmed that Seol Kihyeon, Lee Chunsoo, Shim Jaewon and Ahn Hyoyeon also scored their first goals for Korea Republic against Laos in a qualifier for the Asian Cup in April 2000, but that was an exceptional case in which the Olympics side took part in the qualifying campaign on behalf of the senior national team. Therefore, it is safe to say that the goal fest against Iceland still stands as the most debut goals scored in an A match. .....
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