Fulham’s Seol Ki-Hyeon came off the bench to head home a late goal past his club colleague Mark Schwarzer as South Korea clinched a deserved 3-1 over Australia in an international friendly in Seoul.

The home side raced into an early lead as Schwarzer endured a rare off day between the posts. A mistake from Shane Stefanutto gave Lee Chung-yong, the Bolton winger who has replaced Seol in the South Korean line-up, the opportunity to run at the Australian defence and when he squared the ball Park Chu-young finished clinically from six yards.

The South Koreans increased their lead with twenty minutes gone when a cleverly worked free-kick saw Lee Jang-soo bundle home his first international goal from close range. Australia, who rarely tested the home defence in the first half, did get back in the contest before the break when Mark Bresciano’s free-kick found Patrick Kisnorbo who headed into the net ahead of Lee Woon-jae’s doomed attempt to punch clear.

The result was settled with four minutes to play when Seol headed home a cross from Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung.