Son Heung-min: Tottenham striker scores as South Korea beat Cameroon


Tottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-min’s first-half header gave South Korea victory over Cameroon in a friendly in Seoul on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old nodded for a 35th-minute rebound after Kim Jin-Su’s strike was parried by Indomitable Lions goalkeeper Andre Onana.

The Central African nation, which lost 2-0 to Uzbekistan on Friday, has now suffered two defeats in its final warm-up before naming its squad for the World Cup.

Coach Rigobert Song named a strong team against the Asians in the South Korean capital, but Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu’s ambitious long-range effort fell just short midway through the first half.

Cameroon, who fielded Brentford’s Bryan Mbeumo throughout, missed chances through Olivier Ntcham, Martin Hongla and Pierre Kunde, while Léandre Tawamba saw his stoppage time effort saved.

The five-time African champions, who start their World Cup campaign against Switzerland and are also grouped with Brazil and Serbia in Group G at the finals, will host Jamaica in a friendly in Yaoundé on November 9 before leave for Qatar, according to Song.

In another early kick-off, the African champions Senegal drew 1-1 with compatriot en route to World Cup Iran in Austria.

Senegal took the lead after 55 minutes when defender Morteza Pouraliganji struck into his own goal from a sharp angle.

The Teranga Lions, who beat Bolivia 2-0 on Saturday, only held on to their lead for nine minutes before Sardar Azmoun equalized, with the Iranian striker heading home after a cross from left-back Ehsan Hajsafi .

Aliou Cisse’s men will face the Netherlands in their opener in Qatar, followed by clashes with the hosts and Ecuador in Group A.

Later Tuesday, Morocco were held in check by Paraguay while Ghana beat Nicaragua 1-0, thanks to a goal from teenager Abdul Fatawu Issahaku, as both teams continue their preparations for the World Cup.

Somewhere else, TunisiaAfrica‘s fifth representative in the final – were beaten 5-1 by world champions Brazil in a game tainted by racism against South American striker Richarlison.

In other results involving teams not traveling to Qatar, Egypt beat Liberia 3-0, Algeria beat Nigeria 2-1 and the next African Cup of Nations hosts, the Ivory Coast were too good for Guinea, winning 3-1.

Devastation in Mali

Elsewhere, torrential rains and stormy weather forced the abandonment of Mali and Zambia’s second friendly in four days in Bamako on Monday night.

The game was stopped after 15 minutes following a heavy downpour which flooded the pitch.

Both teams took cover and after 45 minutes it looked like the match would resume as the Malian players returned to the pitch to start their warm-up again.

Some reports suggest that Zambia did not return to the pitch before they were eventually called off by match officials, but Fashion Sakala has dismissed these claims.

The Rangers striker insisted the Chipolopolo players wanted to impress after Friday’s 1-0 defeat in the Malian capital.

“We wanted to play and avenge our loss on Friday but it’s a shame the game was called off,” he said.

“We started well and were very motivated to win, everyone wanted to beat Mali but the weather ruined things.”


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