Zigic goal ends Korea's run
Nikola Zigic's early goal secured Serbia a 1-0 win over fellow World Cup qualifiers South Korea.
Last Updated: 18/11/09 5:20pm
Nikola Zigic's early goal secured Serbia a 1-0 win over fellow World Cup qualifiers South Korea at Craven Cottage.
The imposing Valencia striker netted after just six minutes of a game which saw Manchester United duo Park Ji-sung and Nemanja Vidic build up their fitness.
Vidic, who has been sidelined for three weeks with a calf injury, captained Serbia and played 70 minutes to give his club boss Sir Alex Ferguson a major boost by proving his fitness ahead of Saturday's Premier League meeting with Everton.
Centre-half Vidic was even close to getting on the scoresheet, but Korean keeper Kim Young-kwang palmed away his close-range effort.
Park also got 70 minutes under his belt having been missing for United since October with a knee injury, but he was unable to prevent South Korea's 27-match unbeaten run being brought to an end.
PSV Eindhoven's Danko Lazovic, the man who has recommended the radical placenta treatment in Belgrade to injured Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, was also in the Serbian side.
And the team which qualified for the finals in South Africa next year ahead of France did not have to wait long to take the lead.
Nenad Milijas swung in a cross and Serbia's answer to Peter Crouch, 6ft 8in forward Zigic, got in front of his marker and tucked the ball away for the only goal in the sixth minute.
Korea had four of the players who helped them reach the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup under Guus Hiddink in their starting line-up, but they were little match for the powerful Serbian team.
Predictably, their best moments came via Park, whose every touch was greeted with raucous cheers from an enthusiastic Korean crowd.
The midfielder almost set up a second-half equaliser but substitute Lee Dong-gook could not quite get on the end of his cross.
But Serbia could have won by more with Aleksander Lukovic hitting the crossbar in the first half and Milos Krasic fizzing a free-kick wide near the end.