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S. Korea, Honduras play to 2-2 draw at Olympic football prep tournament

All News 15:48 June 04, 2016

GOYANG, South Korea, June 4 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and Honduras played to a 2-2 draw at an Olympic football prep tournament on Saturday.

Two first-half goals by Antony Lozano almost handed South Korea their first loss at the four-nation tournament held at Goyang Stadium in Goyang, some 25 kilometers north of Seoul, but the hosts were able to avoid the defeat thanks to a stoppage-time goal by Park In-hyeok.

Gearing up for the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games, South Korea have invited Nigeria, Denmark and Honduras for the tournament as a warm-up for players under 23. All four participants have already qualified for the Rio Games, where 16 teams will compete in men's football in August.

South Korea will wrap up the tournament against Denmark at Bucheon Stadium in Bucheon, 24 kilometers west of Seoul, on Monday. On Thursday, South Korea beat Nigeria 1-0 at Suwon World Cup Stadium in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province.

South Korea, the bronze medalists at the 2012 London Games, came up with a different starting lineup and formation than they had against Nigeria. Team captain and defender Song Ju-hun was the only player who had also started against the Africans.

South Korean put Jeju United's 190-centimeter striker Kim Hyun and FSV Frankfurt forward Park In-hyeok up front. But it was midfielder Choi Kyoung-rok who took the team's first shot in the eighth minute, with a curling effort that went straight to goalkeeper Harold Fonseca.

Honduras, which lost their first match 4-3 to Denmark on Thursday, answered just a minute later with Alberth Elis' left-footed shot in the box, which was stopped by goalkeeper Kim Dong-jun. But the visitors were able to break the deadlock in the 22nd minute as Antony Lozano tapped in an Elis cross from close range.

South Korea then tried to get an equalizer from corner kick situations, but Kim Min-tae's header in the 24th and Hong Jun-ho's header in the 31st were denied by Fonseca.

The hosts leveled the score in the 35th after they were awarded a penalty for Marcelo Pereira's handling violation in the box. Kim Hyun converted the spot kick to make it 1-1.

However, Honduras again went ahead in the 42nd when Lozano got his second goal of the match. After Allan Banegas' long-range shot hit the crossbar, the Honduran captain got the rebound and put it into the net with his right foot.

South Korea replaced two players at halftime, and four players in the 68th as they tried to get an equalizer. Yet Honduras didn't look rattled, making counterattacks with speedsters like Rommel Quioto, Kevin Lopez and Darwin Espinal.

South Korea produced a promising chance in the 82nd with Choi Kyoung-rok's left-foot effort, only to miss the left side of the net.

As the South Koreans were about to pick up their first loss of the tournament, Park In-hyeok got the precious equalizer with his right foot after receiving a pass from Hwang Hee-chan in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

kdon@yna.co.kr
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