New signings Bobby Zamora and John Pantsil could not prevent Fulham from losing 1-0 to Busan L’Park in the first game of their tour of South Korea.
Busan, currently at the foot of the Korean K-League, took the lead 12 minutes into the second half courtesy of Choi Ki Suk’s deflected shot.
The hosts began the brighter in humid conditions when Kim Seung Hyun’s close range effort was well blocked by Leon Andreasen. Hyun went even closer later in the first half when he crashed a header against the bar struggled to deal with a Busan corner.
The Premier League side began to fashion chances of their own with Lee Cook shooting wide after a strong run down the left. Zamora squandered a great chance to level when he headed over David Healy’s cross from six yards out, while Sung Yo twice threatened Stockdale’s goal. Fulham went close a couple of times through Healy and a Danny Murphy free-kick as Seol Ki-Hyeon shone on home territory with a lively display out wide.
Roy Hodgson introduced Jimmy Bullard and trialist goalkeeper Pascal Zuberbuhler came on at half-time for Fulham, but the veteran Swiss international was beaten in the 57th minute as Choi Ki Suk’s deflected shot from the edge of the box proved decisive. Substitute Eddie Johnson went close to finding a leveller, as did Toni Kallio in the game’s last minute but Busan held out for a famous victory.