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Seongnam 4th in FIFA World Cup

Seongnam 4th in FIFA World Cup - The K-League’s Seongnam Chunma ended its FIFA Club World Cup campaign ranking fourth with a 4-2 loss to Sports Club Internacional in the third place game, Sunday (KST).

The Asian champion finished with 10 men as Jang Suk-won was sent off in the first half, but forward Uribe Molina hit back after the break with two goals.

Things did not start well for Seongnam as they lost two regular starters. Cho Byung-kuk picked up a thigh injury and Jang was dismissed for a second bookable offense.

The Latin American champions took an early lead through midfielder Tinga’s header in the 15th followed by another goal by forward Alecsandro in the 27th.

Seongnam 4th in FIFA World Cup

The situation became more challenging for the Koreans as defender Jang Suk-won was given a second yellow card in the 32nd after an aggressive body check on Tinga. Substitute striker Dzenan Radoncic who came on the field in the 28th had to exit 15 minutes later after injuring his left knee.

The Brazilian squad continued to apply pressure in the second half and took a 3-0 lead in the 52nd thanks to midfielder Andres D Alessandro’s shot, and seemed on course for a shutout following Alecsandro’s second goal in the 71st minute.

Seognam salvaged a little pride as Molina nudged the ball home in the 84th after finding himself one-on-one with substitute goalie Roberto Abbondanzieri.

The K-League’s Colombian striker then connected with forward Cho Dong-geon’s pass in stoppage time. His second strike made him the tournament’s the highest scorer.

The Korean club had high hopes going into the Club World Cup after winning the Asian Champion’s League for the first time since 1996, and was confident after a 4-1 rout of Al-Wahda Sports Club of host nation Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

Seongnam 4th in FIFA World Cup

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