Soccer-South Korea beat Costa Rica 1-0 in friendly

South Korea beat Costa Rica 1-0 in Los Angeles on Saturday to win the first of three friendlies on their tour of North America as they continue their preparations for the World Cup in Brazil. Towering striker Kim Shin-wook scored the only goal in the 10th minute of an ill-tempered match in which two Costa Ricans were sent off. Defender Christopher Meneses was shown a straight red card after 68 minutes and replacement midfielder Mauricio Castillo was ordered off after picking up a second yellow card four minutes from the end. It was an encouraging result for South Korea, who were drawn with Belgium, Russia and Algeria in Group H for the World Cup, after they selected a weakened squad for the tour.

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