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(World Cup) Sluggish S. Korea held to scoreless draw by Bolivia in tuneup

All Headlines 23:07 June 07, 2018

INNSBRUCK, Austria, June 7 (Yonhap) -- South Korea were held to a scoreless draw by Bolivia in a tuneup match ahead of the FIFA World Cup, putting on a lackadaisical performance just 11 days before their opening match in Russia.

The 57th-ranked South Korea had a stagnant, sluggish offense against the 59th-ranked Bolivia at Tivoli-Neu Stadium in Innsbruck, Austria. With Bolivia missing some of their top players to club commitments and willing to sit back and defend, South Korea appeared to play down to the level of their competition.

The result won't inspire any confidence in skeptical fans who foresee a short World Cup for the Taeguk Warriors.

South Korea have set up camp in Austria and will next play Senegal behind closed doors next Monday.

They will then fly to Saint Petersburg, their World Cup base, next Tuesday. In Group F action, South Korea will first face No. 24 Sweden on June 18, followed by No. 15 Mexico on June 23 and then top-ranked Germany on June 27.

South Korean forward Kim Shin-wook (L) battles Luis Haquin of Bolivia for the ball during their friendly match at Tivoli-Neu Stadium in Innsbruck, Austria, on June 7, 2018. (Yonhap)

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