Ji plays part in Korean success

Ji Dong-Won runs the the Sunderland fans after scoring the winning goal against Manchester City. Picture by FRANK REID
Ji Dong-Won runs the the Sunderland fans after scoring the winning goal against Manchester City. Picture by FRANK REID
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Ji Dong-won boosted South Korea’s World Cup qualification hopes yesterday with the striker helping his country run out 3-0 winners over Lebanon.

The Sunderland forward came on as a substitute in the second half and provided an assist for South Korea’s final goal – fellow sub Koo Ja-Cheol converting Ji’s dangerous cross into the area.

The result, in Goyang, puts South Korea in pole position to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 – they now sit top of Group A in the Asian qualifying section with six points.

The appearance was Ji’s second substitute for the Koreans in four days with the Sunderland man also involved in a 4-1 win over Qatar 4-1 at the same venue.

The Lebanon game ends South Korea’s international commitments over the summer, leaving Ji to take a break ahead of pre-season in July and an expected return to Asia for the Peace Cup next month.

Ji’s club team-mates Stephane Sessegnon and Ahmed Elmohamady, though, still have games to go – Sessegnon is expected to captain Benin against Ethiopia in a friendly later this week while West Ham target Elmohamady will be in the Egypt squad set to face the Central African Republic.