South Korea hammered home their soccer dominance in south-east Asia with an easy one-nil victory over Burma in the finals of the King's Cup Soccer championships in Thailand on Sunday (4 January).
First round game starts
Sequence of good playing
Korean team wins one goal
Score record 1-0 to S. Korea
Second half starts
Last moment of second round
Awarding ceremony for Korean team
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Background: South Korea hammered home their soccer dominance in south-east Asia with an easy one-nil victory over Burma in the finals of the King's Cup Soccer championships in Thailand on Sunday (4 January).
But there were only 10,000 spectators in Bangkok's National Stadium to watch as South Korea retained the title they won last year, and captured their sixth King's Cup honour in eight years.
The South Korea team, playing in dark-blue strip, showed from the start that they were determined to win. They piled on the pressure time and again, until the Burmese defence broke down completely to let in the only goal of the match in the nineteenth minute.
Korean wing Pak Byung-Chul took the kick, and the Burmese defence was fooled by a dummy run from inside-right Cha Bum-Koun. The ball floated perfectly to striker Cho Dong-Hyun, who found the gap and beat the goalkeeper with a superb left-footer.
Burma struggled hard to bring the match back to legal terms, but their most dangerous shot, a twenty-yard (18 metre) attempt from the right flank, went over the crossbar.
Despite their superiority, South Korea seemed to lack finishing power. They set up dangerous situations, found the openings ... but could not manage to get the ball into the Burmese goal for a second time.
Despite their defeat, Burma had one consolation. They came second overall in the competition, ahead of host country, Thailand, in third place and Malaysia fourth. Singapore and Indonesia trailed fifth and sixth.
The King's Cup itself -- a magnificent golden trophy -- was presented to the South Korean captain, Kim Ho-Kon, after the match by the Councillor Sittisunthorn on behalf of the King.
SYNOPSIS: Soccer ... and Burma (in the white shorts) kicking off to start their crucial match against South Korea in the final of the King's Cup in Bangkok National Stadium, in Thailand, on Sunday.
South Korea soon showed their superiority ... and only two fine saves from the Burmese goal-keeper prevented the six-times King's Cup winners from going ahead.
But they weren't disappointed for long. A corner by winger Pak Byung-Chul, a dummy run by insider right Cha Bum-Keun ... and striker Cho Dong-Hyun was left free to find the gap ... to put South Korea one up.
The start of the second half ... and another South Korea attack exposed all the weaknesses of the Burmese defence. But despite their ability to set up dangerous moves and find the openings, the South Koreans lacked finishing power. They couldn't get the ball into the net ... and the match ended with the score still one-nil.
The victory reinforces South Korea's dominance in regional soccer. Team captain, Kim Ho-Kon, received the valuable Cup trophy from Councillor Sittisunthorn on behalf of the King ... for the sixth time in eight years.