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  • September 5, 2014
  • • 12:00
  • • Bucheon Stadium, Bucheon
  • Referee: Minh Tri Vo
  • • Attendance: 34456

South Korea 3-1 Venezuela: Lee at the double following Stielike appointment

South Korea 3-1 Venezuela: Lee at the double following Stielike appointment

Veteran striker Lee Dong-gook starred as the home side came from behind to record an overdue win over the South Americans

South Korea followed up Uli Stielike's appointment with a victory as they came from behind to beat Venezuela 3-1 on Friday

German Stielike was announced as South Korea's new coach on Friday, two months after the departure of Hong Myung-bo, who resigned following an awful World Cup campaign.

And South Korea had reason for cheer later in the day, as they recovered from an early setback to earn a first win in six months.

In-form veteran striker Lee was the difference as the Jeonbuk Motors man made sure of the victory with a second-half double.
The hosts' winless run looked set to continue in the 21st minute when Nacional attacker Mario Rondon put Venezuela ahead by lobbing Kim Jin-hyeon from 35 yards after the South Korea goalkeeper had sent a clearance straight into his path.

But just 12 minutes later Lee Myung-joo curled a right-footed effort beyond Daniel Hernandez to level matters.

South Korea carried the momentum from that equaliser into the second half, 35-year-old Lee heading in off the crossbar from a corner to complete the turnaround in the 53rd minute.

The former Middlesbrough man then capped off the victory after 64 minutes by pouncing to hit home his second after Venezuela had failed to deal with a right-wing cross.