Greece 0 South Korea 1: Lee leaves it late to see off Greece

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A late goal from Lee Chun Soo gave South Korea a 1-0 victory over Greece here last night in a thrilling friendly. Lee sent a fine free-kick past the diving Antonis Nikopolidis in the 78th minute in front of a boisterous, pro-Korean crowd.

Lee, who plays for Ulsan in the K-League, scored a similar goal against Togo in the first round of the World Cup last year. "He wanted to show everybody he could play," the South Korea coach Pim Verbeek said.

Both teams created second-half chances, with Reading's Seol Ki Hyeon just missing a minute after Lee's goal, and the Greece substitute, Bolton's Stelios Giannakopoulos, hitting the crossbar with a header.

Giorgos Karagounis had a shot from close range late on go wide, and Giannakopoulos had a goal disallowed deep into injury time. "It was like an away game for us," the Greece coach Otto Rehhagel said. "[But] we had chances to win the game."

Several protesters walked on to the field during injury time holding banners written in Greek.

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