The Taeguk Warriors prepared for their vital World Cup qualifier against Kuwait later this week, as Choi Kang-Hee celebrates his first game in charge with victoryLee Dong-Gook and Kim Chi-Woo both hit braces as South Korea defeated Uzbekistan 4-2 in an international friendly in Jeonju on Saturday afternoon.
Choi Kang-Hee celebrated his first game in charge of the Taeguk Warriors, with the ex-Jeonbuk boss' star man Lee Dong-Gook firing in a first-half double to get them off to a flying start, before Kim Chi-Woo added a third early in the second 45.
Uzbekistan rallied late in the second-half to pull it back to 3-2, but Kim Chi-Woo rounded out the scoring after Komoliddin Tadjiev was sent off.
The Taeguk Warriors started brightly with Lee Keun-Ho and Han Sang-Woon lively early on, before Lee Dong-Gook gave Korea the lead on 19 minutes assisted by Kim Do-Heon.
Lee, a two-time K-League MVP, doubled his personal tally on the stroke of halftime after Lee Keun-Ho's ball.
Kim made it 3-0 minutes after the break after Kim Shin-Wook's headed pass, with the Taeguk Warriors looking in attacking form ahead of their vital 2014 World Cup qualifier against Kuwait on Wednesday.
However, the White Wolves, who are preparing for their own qualifier against Japan on Wednesday, responded with Ibrahim Rahimov's strike from a cross on 74 minutes after Ildar Magdeev's assist.
Uzbekistan pulled another back on 83 minutes after Cho Sung-Hwan conceded a penalty, allowing Stanislav Andreev to coolly convert from the spot sending Kim Young-Kwang the wrong way.
The White Wolves' hopes of a comeback were ended when Tadjiev was sent off for a second booking, before Kim netted from the resultant free-kick.