BANGKOK (16 Jan 2012) – Hosts Thailand did not get the start they wanted in the opening match of the 41st King’s Cup when they fell 3-1 at the hands of the South Korean Under-23 side at the Rajamangala Stadium last night.
Despite the bright start, it was the Koreans who went ahead at the half when Kim Dong Sub smashed home on 42 minutes. But the homesters fought back in the second half through Teerathep Winothai, who made good on a through pass from debutant Supanya Purisai in the 53rd minute.
But the South Korean youngsters were more determined where in the 69th minute, the unmarked Seo Jung Jin restored their advantage for the second goal before Kim Hyun Sung finished things off ten minutes to the end.
In an earlier, match, Denmark battled to a 1-1 draw against Norway. Christoffersen Makienok’s header in the 70th minute gave Denmark the lead but Noway replied ten minutes later with a superb long-range effort from Tarik Elyounoussi.
In the next round of matches on Wednesday, Thailand will play Norway while Denmark will take on South Korea.