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Jun 07, 2019   |  1:35PM AET

Korea Republic edge Caltex Socceroos in Busan

Korea Republic edge Caltex Socceroos in Busan

Hwang Ui-jo scored the only goal of the game as the Caltex Socceroos went down 1-0 to Korea Republic in Friday evening’s international friendly. 

Australia created several good opportunities against the Taeguk Warriors in Busan – and hit the post early on through Mitch Duke – but fell behind when substitutes Hong Chul and Hwang combined to give Korea Republic the lead late in the second half. 

Duke – leading the line in his first appearance for the Caltex Socceroos since September 2013 – came within centimetres of capitalising on an enterprising start from Graham Arnold’s side with a glancing header from Brandon O’Neill’s corner which bounced off the foot of the post.

The Western Sydney Wanderers forward had earlier flashed a warning shot wide, while FC Midtjylland attacker Awer Mabil stung the palms of Korea Republic ‘keeper Kim Seung-gyu after volleying Craig Goodwin’s clipped pass across goal at the back post.

Vissel Kobe custodian Seung-gyu was by far busier than opposite number Andrew Redmayne, with the debutant custodian not facing a single shot from Paulo Bento’s Korea Republic until he was made to collect a deflected free-kick from Tottenham Hotspur attacker Son Heung-min on the hour mark.

However, Hwang – who scored in November’s 1-1 draw with Australia in Brisbane – made himself the 75th minute match-winner in Busan by latching onto Hong’s cross at the near post.