October 16, 2018 / 1:22 PM / 6 months ago

Soccer-Panama bounce back to seal draw in South Korea

Oct 16 (Reuters) - South Korea gave up a two-goal lead as Paulo Bento’s side were pegged back to a 2-2 draw by Panama in an international friendly on Tuesday evening.

Park Joo-ho and Hwang In-beom struck to put the home side two goals up inside the first 33 minutes, only for Abdiel Arroyo to halve the deficit just before the break and Rolando Blackburn to pull the Panamanians level four minutes after the restart.

The draw means Bento remains unbeaten since replacing Shin Tae-yong, who took the Koreans to the World Cup finals in Russia over the summer, at the helm of the team in mid-August.

Park put his side in front with less than four minutes on the clock with a deflected effort, and Hwang doubled Korea’s advantage 29 minutes later with a strike from outside the area that capped a fine flowing move.

But Arroyo’s header on the stroke of halftime gave Panama a lifeline, and Blackburn capitalised on a defensive lapse in the 49th minute as Panama bounced back from their 3-0 loss to Japan last Friday. (Reporting by Michael Church; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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