South Korea ended their goal drought in style in their first match of qualification for the 2010 World Cup with a 4-0 thrashing of Turkmenistan in Seoul, a win which included a spectacular strike from Park Ji-sung and a brace from Seol Ki-hyeon of Fulham.
The Taeguk Warriors’ English-based stars shone on a freezing night in the capital and shot Korea to the top of Group C.
After young defender Kwak Tae-hwi headed home a searching Seol Ki-hyeon cross just before half-time from close range, the result was rarely in doubt.
The hosts turned on the style in the second half.
12 minutes after the restart, Seol Ki-hyeon stepped into the Turkman area to bend the ball around the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Berdiyev Bayramniyaz.
On the 70 minute-mark, Park Ji-sung curled the ball into the top corner of the goal from the left edge of the penalty area. The goal was the Manchester United star’s first for Korea since the 2006 World Cup.
There was still time for Seol to grab his second and his team’s fourth to round off a great night for new coach Huh Jung-moo.