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South Korea 2-2 Poland: Jakub Blaszczykowski denies Taeguk Warriors after Park Chu-Young double
The Arsenal striker was set to be the hero in Seoul, but the 2012 European Championships co-hosts had other ideas thanks to the Dortmund midfielder's late goal
By Ben Somerford
South Korea skipper Park Chu-Young hit a superb second-half double only for Poland captain Jakub Blaszczykowski to equalise late on as the two nations fought a 2-2 friendly draw in Seoul on Friday evening.
Poland, who will co-host next year's European Championships, made the long trip to East Asia to face a Korea side who hadn't been beaten at home in over 12 months.
However, the White Eagles took the initiative during an impressive first-half display where Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski headed them ahead.
Korea had created a few half chances in the opening stanza with Park flashing a header over the top, before Poland made the breakthrough on 29 minutes.
Dortmund midfielder Blaszczykowski fired in an long-range effort which Korea keeper Jung Sung-Ryong did well to tip onto the bar, only for the rebound to bounce to Lewandowski who headed home from close range.
Poland went close to doubling their advantage moments later when the play opened up for Blaszczykowski again, but he fired straight at Jung from the edge of the box.
Cho Kwang-Rae's side came out after the break with more cohesive attacking moves and Hong Jeong-Ho headed wide from a Ki Sung-Yueng corner, before the Celtic man shot over in the early stages of the second stanza.
Korea skipper Park came close to levelling terms on 53 minutes when he pounced on a defensive error but saw his volley graze the post with his Arsenal team-mate Lukasz Fabianski beaten in the Poland goal.
However on 66 minutes, Park did equalise after impressive young left-back Chul Hong's cross caused chaos inside the Poland penalty area, before young debutant Seo Jung-Jin centred for the Arsenal man to finish from close range.
Barely a minute later Lee Yong-Rae was thwarted by Fabianski, before Park lashed the loose ball on target only for Jakub Wawrzyniak to clear off the line.
Hamburg's Son Heung-Min flashed a shot across goal, while Pawel Brozek blew a golden chance down the other end, before Park scored again on 76 minutes.
Korea broke on a quick counterattack with Park finishing off the move with a calm finish when one-on-one against Fabianski.
The Arsenal striker received a standing ovation when substituted on 80 minutes, however Poland dulled the mood when Blaszczykowski levelled on 83 minutes with a cool finish after charging down substitute Cho Byung-Kuk's clearance.
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