South Korea thrash Qatar

South Korea fought back from a goal down to brush aside Qatar 4-1 in Doha on Friday to begin the fourth round of World Cup qualifying with an away win.

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The Koreans have played in the last seven tournament finals and the quality of their football at the air-conditioned Al Sadd Stadium suggested they would make it eight in Brazil in 2014.

Striker Lee Keun-ho (twice), defender Kwak Tae-hwi and substitute Kim Shin-wook scored for the visitors who had too much class for a limited Qatar side restricted to counter attacking.

The victory put the Koreans top of Group A alongside Iran with what looks like a straightforward match against the lowest-ranked side left in Asian qualifying, Lebanon, at home on Tuesday.

Qatar took the lead against the run of play in the 22nd minute through a fine individual goal by Yousef Ahmad Ali.

The speedy Saudi Arabian-born striker outpaced defender Kwak down the left, cut in and fired a low shot under goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong to give the 2022 World Cup hosts a surprise lead.

The Koreans, though, were not rattled and continued their composed pass-and-move style and Kim Bo-kyung's left wing cross was headed in three minutes later at the near post by striker Lee Keun-ho.

The visitors continued to control possession and the pressure told in the 55th minute when Kwak made up for his weak defending earlier to nod in a corner at the near post.

Qatar were enraged 10 minutes later when they went 3-1 down through Korean substitute Kim Shin-wook even though Lee Dong-gook, who provided the assist, looked offside in the build-up.

The hosts lost their discipline in the final stages with a number of rash tackles.

Blond striker Lee Keun-ho was then left unmarked to head his second with 10 minutes remaining after a corner bounced across the goalmouth.

Qatar, who won in Lebanon on Sunday, have little time to dwell on the defeat with an away trip coming up against Iran on Tuesday.

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