Incheon: Korea Republic booked their place in the final of the 17th Asian Games on Tuesday after recording a 2-0 win over Thailand in the semi-finals.
The hosts edged ahead at the Incheon Munhak Stadium in the 41st minute when Rim Chang-woo’s right-wing cross found Lee Jong-ho, who clinically glanced a header in off the post.
And right on the stroke of halftime, the South Koreans were awarded a penalty after Lee Jae-sung was clipped by Narubodin Weerawatnodom and the offence was adjudged to have occurred inside the area.
Jang Hyun-soo stepped up to the spot and made no mistake in firing past Kawim Thamsatchanan from 12 yards, which was enough to seal the victory for his side.
The other side through to the final are DPR Korea, who needed extra-time to defeat Iraq 1-0 at the Incheon Football Stadium.
After neither sides were able to break the deadlock in regulation time, the North Koreans finally took the lead in the 96th minute when Jong Il-gwan lined up a freekick on the edge of the box and curled a lovely effort past Mohammed Hameed Farhan.
However, Jong turned from hero to villain when he was sent off eight minutes later for a second bookable offence, although DPR Korea were able to hold out for the remainder of the contest and claim the win.
The final will take place at the Incheon Munhak Stadium on Thursday evening, while the bronze medal match between Thailand and the Iraqis will also be held earlier that day.